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Kim Jong Un watches South Korean pop stars perform in Pyongyang

02 April, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Here are the K-pop acts performing in North Korea this weekend

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump.

During the games, a North Korean art troupe performed in South Korea, and Moon and his wife watched it with visiting senior North Korean officials including Kim Yo Jong, who became the first member of the North's ruling Kim family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday attended the first concert in Pyongyang for over a decade by South Korean entertainers, including a K-pop girlband, the latest gesture of reconciliation before a rare inter-Korean summit.

Seohyun, a female vocalist and actress now with South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, sang a North Korean pop song called "Blue Willow Tree".

The young couple were seen clapping their hands during the two-hour event - also attended by Kim's powerful sister, Kim Yo-jong, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.

Kim proposed that the next one be held in Seoul under the title "Autumn Comes".

The pool reports cited an unidentified South Korean official as saying that Kim had initially planned to watch the second performance, set for Tuesday, but changed his plan due to a scheduling conflict.

It is a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year in South Korea.

"Spring literally has arrived and it also presents our wishes for spring to come over our relationship between the North and the South", Hwang Seong-un, a spokesman for South Korea's culture ministry said at a briefing in Seoul on March 27.

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

As they belt out their dance tunes "Red Flavour" and "Bad Boy" to about 1,500 members of the North Korean elite at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre on Sunday night, Red Velvet will be hoping for a less frosty reception than those that have gone before them. No date has been set for the US-North Korean summit.

This year's drills feature fewer strategic weapons such as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Seoul's military has said. As one of the most established K-pop acts today, the band is expected to offer a taste of some of the most cutting-edge K-pop to people in the isolated communist country. One of the band members, Eric Mun, told reporters that they looked at the singers "with eyes like shooting lasers", according to Yonhap News.

Another famous singer, Choi Jin-hee, also performed for the fourth time in the North and sang "Maze of Love" - a pan-peninsula hit and another of the late Kim's favourites.

Seohyun, a 26-year-old star from K-pop group Girl's Generation, will act as a master of ceremony for the events in Pyongyang.

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