South Korean Shows in DPRK Promote Inter-Korean Unity, Kim Jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met with each other in China from March 25 to 28 ahead of summit meeting between the two Koreas and that between the U.S. and the North

After the performance Kim and his wife met with the performers and shook hands with every singer. Red Velvet were the highlight of the evening, though, generating applause from the audience and Kim Jong Un alike.

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 past year in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

While spring drills customarily result in soaring tensions on the peninsula, recent Pyongyang state media messaging has hinted to the North Korean public that there could be an upcoming warming in North Korean-US relations.

The exercises will reportedly end prior to the April 27 summit between Kim and Moon, which will be held in the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, inside the DMZ.

A total of 26 songs were performed from 6:50 p.m.to 9 p.m., including Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" and "Bad Boy".

The South Korean art troupe, consisting of eleven musical acts, performed 26 songs under the theme "Spring Comes", the season symbolising peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim said there had been a lack of cooperation between the leader's security and the organizers of the performance, repeatedly asking for understanding. Singers Jung In and Ali followed with their individual performances and a duet.

Members of the South Korean girl band Red Velvet pose after a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday.

Ongoing inter-Korean rapprochement has led to several disagreements between North Korean officials and the South Korean press.

The routines had been set back by about a month for the Winter Olympics and to help create conditions for a resumption of talks between the North and South.

Kim attends rare concert by South Korean pop stars
This year's drills feature fewer strategic weapons such as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Seoul's military has said. Kim also met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during his first overseas trip.

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He said in a statement: "Our mainstream artists and I will do our best to make a success of the historic concerts in Pyongyang, which are the first in 13 years".

In late April, he'll meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in - the first meeting between leaders of the Koreas in a decade - and as a lead up, Kim was photographed in Pyongyang (alongside South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan) while watching popular South Korean girl band Red Velvet perform on Sunday.

The stage was then relinquished to the legendary Cho Yong Pil, who is revisiting Pyongyang for the first time in 13 years. During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, North and South Korean athletes both marched under a unified flag.

Seohyeon sang for the last part of the individual performances.

The audience cheered and sang along to songs during the two-hour concert and the South Korean performers were later presented with bouquets.

Elsewhere, a joint military exercise involving USA and South Korean troops got underway in South Korea on Sunday, local media reported.

South Korean movies were often reported to be especially taboo compared with Chinese films, according to a report by the InterMedia consultancy group, with North Koreans facing prison time if caught.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korean K-pop singers, Pyongynag, North Korea, April 1, 2018.

Full video of their and other South Korean singers' performances wasn't immediately available. "South or North (Korea) it is the same taekwondo, same roots, but the way it has grown is different".

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