North Korea's Kim 'Deeply Moved' By Pop Musicians From South

Casey Dawson
April 5, 2018

Lee, who watches North Korean events with intimate interest, is unsure what to think of the swift-moving diplomatic game underway in and around the Korean Peninsula. No sitting US president has ever met personally with a North Korean leader since the conclusion of the Korean War.

The vice chairman said it was wrong to restrict the media activities.

The performance coincided with the beginning of annual joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, which have previously been met with denunciations and missile launches by the North. If talks succeed, Korea and the USA would agree on the path to denuclearization.

The show marked as the first South Korean performance that was attended by the North Korean leader in the north's capital, Pyongyang.

The reception from the North Korean audiences was warmer than expected and Red Velvet admitted that it made them relax and perform. How North Koreans would react to Red Velvet was the focus of keen media attention in South Korea.

It hadn't been known whether Kim would attend the performance.

North Korea's national intelligence chief Kim Yong-chol apologized Monday morning to South Korean reporters for restricting their coverage during the concert.

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Kim also talked about Red Velvet.

The performance also included some North Korean songs which were greeted with loud applause.

Analysts saw Kim's trip to China, the North's traditional ally and biggest economic partner, as an attempt to improve strained ties with China to gain leverage before its planned summit with the USA, which is seen waging a trade war against China.

Today, the South Korean K-pop stars plan to hold a joint performance with North Koreans. The exercises were delayed and shortened this year in order not to spoil the Olympic detente. -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. With the test of that long-range missile in November, the North said it had "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force". Mentioning the performance's title, "Spring comes", Kim also asked the performers to tell South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the two Koreas should hold a similar event in Seoul in the autumn, according to South Korean media pool reports.

Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in MA, echoed these claims, but said the implications would likely be short-lived.

One of the five members of Red Velvet, Joy, is not of the trip because of his commitments in a filming for the tv, said the group's agent SM Entertainment. "Musical diplomacy may melt negative frozen images, but in the end it's just entertainment".

The South Korean delegation brought together on the northern lands, many artists, concert staff, taekwondo demonstrators as well as reporters and government officials who have all traveled to Pyongyang on March 31 for a special reciprocal cultural visit following the North Korean performers' cultural visit to the south in last February.

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