Kim Jong-un, wife attend K-pop concert in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met with each other in China from March 25 to 28 ahead of summit meeting between the two Koreas and that between the U.S. and the North

Tension over North Korea's tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile surged previous year and raised fears of US military action in response to North Korea's threat to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

However, this visit from South Korean pop stars has given hope to Koreans that peace between the two countries may be on the horizon. Kim was seen clapping in tune to some of the songs and took photographs with the performers after the show. He even took a photo with them after their performance.

Both countries are set to hold a summit on the border later this month.

The performance coincided with the beginning of annual joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, which have previously been met with denunciations and missile launches by the North.

"There had been interests in whether I would come and see Red Velvet". I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Tokyo is open to talks with Kim, and Japanese media reported last week that Pyongyang is considering a June summit.

A South Korean government official who spoke with pool reporters in Pyongyang Monday did say, however, that Seoul authorities wanted to add rapper Psy, best known for his worldwide hit "Gangnam Style" to the roster but were rejected by North Korean officials, who said Psy would "stand out" too much.

"Please tell (South Korean) President Moon Jae-in how great an event like this is ..." When South Korea used to air drop in media like DVDs, North Korea would respond extremely harshly.

S Korean musicians arrive in Pyongyang for concerts
Riding on the momentum, North Korea is set to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization before the end of May. Korean Concert In Pyongyang appeared first on Channels Television .

After the performance in the Grand Theater of Pyongyang, Kim welcomed the South Korean singers, thanked them for their presence and considered this type of actions will always be welcome in the North, as long as a favorable environment is defended and maintained.

Is this a start of a harmonious relationship between two countries? Two other high-level North Korean officials, Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong and nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, also attended, the report said.

"North Korean refugees overwhelmingly and consistently report that it has become more unsafe to consume foreign media under Kim Jong Un's crackdowns", Sokeel Park, the South Korea country director for refugee aid organization Liberty in North Korea, wrote Monday on Twitter.

The girl band Red Velvet, part of the South's K-pop phenomenon that has drawn wide attention in Asia and elsewhere, was considered the headliner of the tour.

Agence France-Presse posted video of the event, featuring clips of the musical performances as well as glimpses at Kim Jong-un clapping in the balcony of the concert hall.

Yoon, who also performed in Pyongyang in 2002, recalled his first time performing in the North Korean capital and why he chose to do it again.

Kim shook hands with each South Korean musician and told the group that he wished for another joint concert of the Koreas in the fall in Seoul. K-Pop - characterized by its manufactured melodies and slick approach to marketing - has penetrated into North Korea over the past 10 years.

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