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A South Korean art troupe arrived Saturday in North Korea for a series of performances in the capital Pyongyang as part of a recent thaw in inter-Korean relations.

The South's 120-member art troupe are to stage a joint show with North Korean artists for a two-hour run at the 12,000-seat Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium on Tuesday.

According to the South's Yonhap News Agency, Kim said inter-Korean cultural events should be held more often and suggested another event in Seoul this autumn.

"I, along with Korean pop musicians, will do my best to make the historic first Pyongyang concerts by South Koreans in 13 years successful", Do said in a statement he read at the airport.

Fifteen years later, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to engage the region's major powers after advances in his nuclear programme prompted the United Nations to tighten sanctions and President Donald Trump to threaten war.

When K-pop boy band Shinhwa performed in North Korea in 2003 as part of a similar cultural diplomacy venture, the audience - dressed in suits and traditional dresses - greeted them with silence and stony stares.

The two rivals on Friday agreed a date for next month's inter-Korean summit the third ever of its kind following 2000 and 2007 meetings at Panmunjom truce village on the heavily-fortified border on April 27. Riding on the momentum, North Korea is set to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization before the end of May.

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On the environmental front, Seoul agreed to take American regulation into account when setting its own fuel economy standards. The deal was hailed by the officials as innovative and visionary and one that may inform future negotiations as they arise.

It comes as one of the band's members, Joy, copped criticism after she pulled out of the rare performance following a schedule clash. "Unfortunately, she will not be able to attend the concert", said the source.

Despite the North's isolation and strict curbs on unauthorised foreign culture, enforced with prison terms, K-pop and Seoul's TV shows have become increasingly popular there thanks to flash drives smuggled across the border with China.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan (center, back row) poses with South Korean taekwondo athletes in Pyongyang on Sunday.

The emcee of Sunday's concert was a popular member of K-pop girlband Girls' Generation, Seohyun, who had performed with the visiting Pyongyang singers during their Seoul concert in February.

The audiences for the concerts will consist mostly of elite, loyal cadres unlikely to undergo a sudden ideological conversion under the influence of a few K-pop stars.

Cho Yong-pil, a 68-year-old singer, sang a string of hits including "The Cafe in the Winter", "Short Hair" and "Let's Go on a Trip".

The stiffened crowd refused to respond to the athletes who asked them to clap their hands to Fire - an intense electro-dance score peppered with rapid-fire rap delivered in both Korean and English.

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