North Korea latest: Kim Jong-Un attends K-Pop concert with wife

It was the first time a North Korean leader had attended such a South Korean performance. The performers included K-pop girl band Red Velvet, starlet Seohyun of Girls' Generation, singers Cho Yong-pil and Lee Sun-hee, and rocker Yoon Do-hyun.

South Korean K-pop singers at the "Spring is Coming" concert, Pyongyang, North, Korea, April 1, 2018.

Culture Minister Do Jong Hwan suggested two projects in particular - publication of a unified Korean dictionary and excavation of historic relics in Kaesong, Yonhap said, citing a media pool report.

"Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju congratulated the performers on their successful performance, warmly waving to them", the report noted.

Kim Jong Un poses with South Korean K-pop singers in this photo released by KCNA.

His planned inter-Korean summit with Moon on April 27 is expected to pave the way for a similar meeting with Trump, who wants Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons.

A South Korean lawmaker told CNN in 2012 that "Ri was partially educated in China and visited South Korea in 2005 for the Asian Athletic Championships "as a member of North Korea's cheering squad".

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Mr Kim slapped along then satisfied entertainers backstage where he chatted and also took images, stated records. Originally, Kim Jong Un was not supposed to make an appearance until Tuesday, a joint performance between two countries.

The members of Red Velvet viewed their performance positively as well. But South Korean defense officials say there are no immediate plans to bring in US aircraft carriers, powerful bombers or other strategic assets that have been deployed in and around the Korean Peninsula during past drills. -North Korea tensions, with the North conducting ballistic missile launches and testing a hydrogen bomb past year, and President Donald Trump engaging in fiery rhetoric with Kim. There was no further nuclear test after this.

The South Korean art troupe, consisting of eleven musical acts, performed 26 songs under the theme "Spring Comes", the season symbolising peace on the Korean Peninsula. Citizens with low songbun - which the government controls and lowers for anyone affiliated with a citizen suspected of insufficient loyalty to the Kim family - are banned from Pyongyang.

The United States and also South Korea have actually started their yearly army drills, which have actually been scaled down contrasted with previous years as both nations prepare for talks with North Korea. In the past, rash and uninformed decisions by U.S. officials on the peninsula-such as acquiescing to Japan's occupation of Korea in 1905 and excluding Korea from the U.S. Cold War defense perimeter in 1950-have had grave consequences.

The young despot who spent the previous year threatening the world with nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles was reportedly seen clapping as the South Korean musicians performed.

K-pop is a popular music style in South Korea heavily modeled after American dance music, with frenetic electronic dance beats and characterized by futuristic-looking music videos featuring elaborate costumes and heavy makeup.

It marked the second time a South Korean team of taekwondo artists performed in Pyongyang, and the first since 2002.

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