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

Media captionNorth Korean personality Kim Jong-un clapped along, like many others during a concert

North Korean personality Kim Jong-un and his mother have watched South Korean K-pop stars perform in a singular eventuality in Pyongyang.

Mr Kim clapped along and afterwards met performers backstage where he conversed and took pictures, pronounced reports.

It is a initial low-pitched commission to revisit in some-more than a decade as a leaders of a dual countries on a divided peninsula ready to meet.

More than 11 acts are in Pyongyang for dual shows.

The North sent performers to a Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea progressing this year.

The exchanges come amid thawing family between a Koreas after months of tension.

The concert, patrician Spring is Coming, took place on Sunday dusk internal time during a 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, pronounced South Korean media.

The delegation, that combines K-pop, stone and other genres, is set to perform again on Tuesday.

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Mr Kim is a initial North Korean personality ever to attend a opening by an artistic organisation from a South, pronounced South Korea’s central news agency, Yonhap.

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The South Korean musicians discipline before a performance

His sister Kim Yo-jong and a country’s favoured conduct of state Kim Yong-nam are also pronounced to have attended.

Kim Jong-un “showed many seductiveness during a uncover and asked questions about a songs and lyrics”, a South’s enlightenment apportion Do Jong-hwan told journalists, according to Reuters news agency.

Earlier, a North Korean assembly also watched a South Korean taekwondo patrol perform, this time though Mr Kim.

Mr Kim has concluded to reason summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump.

He met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing final week during his initial abroad trip.

The third inter-Korean limit – there were also meetings in 2000 and 2007 – is due to be hold on 27 April. No date has been set for a US-North Korean summit.

Media captionThere are high-flying kicks galore as South Korean taekwondo athletes perform in Pyongyang before a strain concert

Meanwhile, a US and South Korea have begun their annual infantry drills, that have been scaled down compared with prior years as both countries ready for talks with North Korea.

Although scarcely 300,000 South Korean infantry and 24,000 American infantry will take part, a cavalcade will be a month shorter than common and will not engage chief submarines.

In a past, a drills have murderous North Korea though correspondents contend that this time Pyongyang is gripping comparatively quiet. Mr Kim reportedly told visiting South Korean officials that he accepted that a exercises had to go ahead.

The musicians behaving in Pyongyang include:

Red Velvet

A five-member lady group, Red Velvet headlined during a Pyeongchang Games this year.

The renouned quintet who initial shaped in 2014 are still seen as relations newcomers, though have already managed to dip adult their satisfactory share of awards.

They have also got a vast following on amicable media, with some 4.5 million supporters on Instagram alone.

Media captionRock rope YB will also be behaving in North Korea


A member of positively one of Korea’s many famous K-pop groups, Seohyun done her strain entrance in 2007 as a member of a all-female Girls’ Generation.

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The organisation shot to stardom in 2009, creation Seohyun one of today’s many recognizable K-pop singers.

In February, a 26-year aged achieved alongside North Korea’s 137-strong Samjiyon Orchestra, that was partial of North Korea’s art unit during a new Winter Games.

Choi Jin-hee

The 61-year-old singer’s 1984 strain Love Maze was pronounced to have been a strike opposite a Korean peninsula and can still be listened personification in Pyongyang restaurants.

It is also pronounced to have been a favourite of Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il.

This is Mrs Choi’s fourth time behaving in a North.

Cho Yong-pil

An attention veteran, Cho is deliberate one of a many successful total in South Korea’s strain scene.

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Cho Yong-pil (r) arrives in Pyongyang

In an talk with Billboard in 2013, a 68-year-old thespian was dubbed a “K-pop legend”.

This is not his initial opening in North Korea.

Mr Cho done his initial entrance in Pyongyang in 2005, where he hold a solo unison attended by some 7,000 North Koreans – creation him a many new South Korean thespian to perform in a North.

Lee Sun-hee

Another iconic thespian in South Korea, Lee Sun-hee initial done her entrance in 1984.

The now 53-year-old trafficked to a North for a corner unison in 2003, that noted a opening of a Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium – one of a opening venues for a arriving concert.

Media captionKim Jong-un recently trafficked to China