Kim Jong-un watches K-pop stars perform in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un watches K-pop stars perform in Pyongyang

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

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.

South Korea has in recent years added K-pop to its propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarized zone, a practice that has prompted threats of military action by North Korea.

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

Kim is to meet Moon at a border village on April 27 and Trump in May in separate summit talks.

Yoon, who also performed in Pyongyang in 2002, recently explained to CNN his reason for performing.

"There had been interest in whether I would come and see Red Velvet".

"The applause was much louder than we thought", Red Velvet singer Kim Ye-rim, whose stage name is Yeri, told South Korean reporters, while bandmate Wendy, real name Son Seung-wan, admitted that that had "expected the worst" response to the show.

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

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"All in all, Kim has astutely fractured the US -led unified front to denuclearize the North", Nagy said.

When the government in Seoul chose to blast some of its top hits across the border with massive loudspeakers along with weather and news reports, North Korea condemned it as an act of war. There will be another event on Tuesday that will showcase the talents of South Korean acts.

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Kim, the first North Korean leader ever to attend a show by entertainers from the South, shook hands with the performers and "expressed his deep thanks to them", KCNA reported. It is the first of two concerts that are aimed to improve relations between North and South Korea. The musicians, who arrived in the North Korean capital on Saturday by a chartered civilian flight, included girl group Red Velvet; Seohyun, a member of Girls' Generation; YB, a five-member rock band; Kim Kwang-min, a pianist; and legendary singer Cho Yong-pil.

South Korean singers held a rehearsal yesterday afternoon at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre where the concert began at 0830 GMT, according to South Korean pool photos.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju popped into a Pyongyang gig by visiting K-pop stars, and apparently enjoyed the performance.

Kim had been planning to attend the Tuesday performance but chose to watch Sunday's show due to "political schedules", KCNA and South Korean officials there said.

Kim and his wife were seen clapping their hands during the two-hour Sunday event, which was also attended by Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

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