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Kim Jong-un Attends South Korean Performers' Concert in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un Attends South Korean Performers' Concert in Pyongyang

The reporters said they were at the Koryo Hotel in the North Korean capital on April 2, when they were visited by an official who introduced himself as Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee.

The North Korean despot was "was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the south side", according to North Korea state news agency KCNA.

Kim is also expected to hold a meeting with US President Donald Trump sometime later this year.

The inter-Korean summit, the third after meetings in 2000 and 2007, will be held on April 27.

In fact, Kim Jong Un, who became the first North Korean leader to attend a K-pop concert, may have actually enjoyed it.

Yoon Sang explained, "Kim Jong Un asked about the remake since it was different from the original version, so I explained that YB band made a special remake because we heard the song is popular in the North".

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The concert was attended by several leading North Korean officials including Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, North Korea's ceremonial President Kim Yong Nam, along with other members of the regime.

South Korean movies were often said to be especially taboo compared to Chinese films, according to a recent report by the InterMedia consultancy group, with North Koreans potentially facing prison time if caught.

Members of the Red Velvet girl bandwere overjoyed with the warm reception they received in Pyongyang and indicated that they would like to return if invited again. It also might be seeking to break out of isolation by making most of the momentum of dialogue on the peninsula, preparing itself in case talks with the United States falls through. "But somehow, I sort of feel, 'What if Kim Jong-un can really make a change?' and I think I can visit my hometown".

Tension over North Korea's tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile surged previous year and raised fears of U.S. military action in response to North Korea's threat to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States. Kim shook hands with South Korean performers and took a group photo with them after their performance. During a past period of detente, South Korea occasionally sent pop singers to North Korea, but that stopped in 2005.

The concert was aimed at mending ties between South and North Korea. Singer Yoon Do-hyun previously performed in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang back in 2002.

The ongoing co-operation between the rivals began after North Korea took part in February's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The art troupe, called the Samjiyon Orchestra, staged a concert in Gangneung, on South Korea's east coast, and another one in Seoul. He even reportedly posed with the band in a gesture of vast significance, given that North Korea generally resists cultural infiltration from anywhere outside its borders, especially where the South is concerned. On Sunday, he clapped and laughed while watching South Korean pop singers, whose influence on North Korea's isolated populace his government has been trying to block.


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