Kim Jong-un watches K-pop stars perform in Pyongyang
Apr 03 2018
Kim's surprise visit to the show underscores a massive change in North and South Korean relations.
US President George W. Bush had labeled the country a member of the "axis of evil" in 2002.
The trip was Kim's first foreign visit after resuming office in 2011.
For the last seven years, thousands of South Koreans have assembled at the Nuri Peace Park only miles from the border with North Korea for an annual August K-pop concert framed around reconciliation and peace.
But it's the shifts in technology since the early 2000s that could make this musical extravaganza different, Kang said. When the historic summit was announced in March, both sides seemed committed to denuclearization of North Korea.
The K-Pop craze has taken over the world.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Tokyo is open to talks with Kim, and Japanese media reported last week that Pyongyang is considering a June summit.
"Many wanted to know if I would come to see Red Velvet".
"I hope that something similar will happen during this concert held in response (to the North's Seoul concert)", Do Jong-hwan, Seoul's culture minister leading the delegation, told reporters in Pyongyang.
Full video of their and other South Korean singers' performances wasn't immediately available.
"(Kim) expressed thanks to them for coming here with (a) good performance, prepared by them with sincerity in a short span of time.
"Our dear leader comrade said his heart swelled and he was moved by the sight of his people deepen their understanding of South Korean popular culture and cheer with sincerity", the North's KCNA state media said. One of the band members, Eric Mun, told reporters that they looked at the singers "with eyes like shooting lasers", according to Yonhap.
The North Korean audience clapped, cheered, sang along to some of the songs and later presented the South Korean performers with bouquets.
Also on Sunday, a South Korean taekwondo team performed at the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in Pyongyang.
The most closely-watched group that performed yesterday was Red Velvet, part of the South Korea's hugely popular K-pop phenomenon that has taken audiences in Asia and beyond by storm in recent decades.
The inter-Korean summit, the third such event after meetings in 2000 and 2007, will be held on April 27. Red Velvet are scheduled to perform a second show in North Korea tomorrow (April 3). The North Korean military warned of an "all-out war" if the South did not turn off its loudspeakers, and it even fired warning shots across the border.
The exercise has also been shortened from two months to one, it said.
No US aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines were expected to join the drills. While Russia eyes economic cooperation with North Korea to secure a path to build natural gas pipelines through the isolated country, their close bilateral ties could also work in favor of the North's interests in terms of boosting its economy and finding a balance against influence from China and the US. If talks succeed, Korea and the U.S. would agree on the path to denuclearization.
Bolton replaces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on April 9. "This is just one public performance, an official, government event", she said.
Judging by the body language in the Chinese and Korean media coverage, it was an awkward get together.
"I will request in person that President Trump raise the abduction issue, which is the most important question (for Japan), during an upcoming U.S".