Korean singers' concert in Pyongyang delayed by two hours

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was "deeply moved" by a concert of South Korean pop musicians paying a rare visit to Pyongyang, state media reports on April 2.

South Korean singer Jung In performs during a rehearsal ahead of a performance by a South Korean art troupe at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 1, 2018.

After the two-hour performance ended, the North Koreans gave a thundering standing ovation.

Red Velvet-which performed an invite-only concert at Credit Suisse Group AG's Asia investment conference last month-is being joined in Pyongyang by South Korean singer Baek Ji-young and rock band YB. South Korea sent a delegation of artists and diplomats to the north.

Pool TV footage also showed Kim, clad in a dark Mao-style suit, clapping from the second-floor VIP stand as South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan bowed and greeted North Korean spectators looking on from the first floor. His sister Kim Yo-jong, who gained attention for her appearance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year, was also in attendance.

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The theme of the joint concert will be "Spring is Coming", Hwang Seong-un, a spokesman for South Korea's culture ministry said at a briefing in Seoul on March 27. He was seen in another directly addressing members of Red Velvet, which commands more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram.

Even leader Kim acknowledged that there had been "so much interest in whether I'd come to see Red Velvet or not". I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule.

"I thank you for this kind of gift to Pyongyang's citizens".

Mr Kim is the first leader of North Korea to attend a performance by an artistic group from South Korea. He also took photographs with the singers once the show was over.

Full video of the performance wasn't immediately available.

Korean art troupe arrives in Pyongyang for performances
It marks the first by South Korean artists to perform in the North since Cho held a solo concert in Pyongyang in 2005. The leaders of the two countries are scheduled to meet for a summit on April 27, the first in more than a decade.

A 2015 survey of North Korean refugees by the USA government's Broadcasting Board of Governors found that 77 percent of respondents said it had become more unsafe to listen to foreign radio under Kim.

Seohyun, a female vocalist and actress, sang a North Korean pop song called "Blue Willow Tree".

It is not clearly known who in Pyongyang was allowed to attend the Sunday concert, though North Korean authorities were said to have chosen the audience from a lottery with special emphasis on the socially disadvantaged, similar to South Korea's process for the two North Korean concerts last February.

Relationship between the two nations have improved vastly since the Winter Olympics, which took place earlier this year in Pyeongchang.

Nagy said that by first reaching out to the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in through Olympic diplomacy and then conducting a surprise visit to China, Kim had deftly worked to peel away Seoul and Beijing from the pressure campaign - with an added benefit of leaving Japan "scrambling to exert its interests as well".

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In the opinion of the president, the show of this Sunday is an occasion to bring the Korean peninsula "a spring of peace" and "demonstrate the image of only one country", indicated the local news agency KCNA.