Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Kim Jong Un 'deeply moved' at South Korea's K-Pop diplomacy

Kim Jong Un 'deeply moved' at South Korea's K-Pop diplomacy

In an article occupying the entire front page of North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun Monday, the newspaper quoted Kim as saying he "may have no time" due to his "complicated political program early in April", according to an English version of the report.

However, this visit from South Korean pop stars has given hope to Koreans that peace between the two countries may be on the horizon.

One of the most closely watched acts was Red Velvet, part of the South's hugely popular K-pop phenomenon that has taken audiences in Asia and beyond by storm.

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.

Video footage showed Kim clapping in tune to some of the songs and taking photographs with the performers after the show.

Prior to the concert, a performance by taekwondo athletes from South and North Koreas took place at Taekwon-Do Hall in Pyongyang.

Next on the agenda for Kim, Lee said, would be to hold more meetings with key world leaders - including Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin - in an effort to lend further credibility to his rule. The countries competed as a unified country at the recent Olympics in Pyeongchang, and the leaders of the two countries are expected to meet at a border village later this month. Eleven elite South-Korean artists performed.

Even leader Kim acknowledged that there had been "so much interest in whether I'd come to see Red Velvet or not".

A comment from Kim that raised eyebrows in the local media was that he originally planned to attend the second concert tonight but "adjusted" his schedule to see the first one on Sunday.

The recent thaw in relations, which could even lead to a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in May, follows months of increased tensions after North Korea conducted missile launches and a nuclear test previous year in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

"All in all, Kim has astutely fractured the US -led unified front to denuclearize the North", Nagy said. When the historic summit was announced in March, both sides seemed committed to denuclearization of North Korea.

It is the first time that a leader of North Korea attends to a South Korean performance in Pyongyang.

Is this a start of a harmonious relationship between two countries? Kim praised the group, who has more than 4.6 million Instagram followers, for their wonderful performance as well as asked the art troupe, which consists of 160 members from different entertainment field, to extend his appreciation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a wonderful concert.

North Korean concertgoers on Sunday waved their hands from their seats when South Korean stars joined together to sing a popular Korean song, "Our wish is unification", the TV footage showed.

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

"(Kim) expressed thanks to them for coming here with (a) good performance, prepared by them with sincerity in a short span of time.

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.

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