South and North Korea to march together at Asian Games

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an unofficial visit to Beijing China in this

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an unofficial visit to Beijing China in this

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, also attended the event and watched the performances by the top K-Pop artists.

It provided #Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol Ju an opportunity to enjoy the evening with South Korean singers and performers who had come to Pyongyang. While some feared Red Velvet might suffer consequences from having represented their country in North Korea, others were proud that the group was chosen as not only a representative of South Korea, but for K-Pop as well.

Baek Ji Young performed "Like Being Hit By a Bullet" and "Don't Forget" at the concert. Seohyun, who got her start as a member of the internationally acclaimed group Girls' Generation, was also there as a solo performer.

"North Korean refugees overwhelmingly and consistently report that it has become more risky to consume foreign media under Kim Jong Un's crackdowns", Sokeel Park, the South Korea country director for refugee aid organisation Liberty in North Korea, said on Twitter.

YB performed a remake of the hit song by Shim Soo Bong. During a past period of detente, South Korea occasionally sent pop singers to North Korea, but that stopped in 2005. They held a concert on Sunday, becoming the first South Korean artistic group to perform in the isolated country in more than a decade.

"We should hold culture and art performances frequently", Kim told South Korean performers.

Despite North Korean state media praise for the concert, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) returned to its typical vitriol on Tuesday, accusing Seoul of "dishonest acts behind the scene of dialogue".

North Korean staff were spotted outside the performers' dressing rooms using Japan-made electronic devices to serve coffee and cupcakes, including Western Lavazza and Coffee-mate products, according to a South Korean media pool report. "The two sides agreed to show 'something that will have the hearts of all Koreans beat, ' as Hyon Song-wol, head of the North's Samjiyon Orchestra, put it".

This comes after South Korean media were reportedly barred from the concert hall where the anticipated performance of South Korean musicians took place from 6:50 p.m. Seoul time.

Her appearance at the dinner sitting next to Kim Jong Un also goes much further than anything done during the rule of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's late father. "I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule", Kim said, as quoted in a pool report. But the joint performance has boosted the reconciliatory mood ahead of the historic summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27th. While President Trump has referred to Kim as "little Rocket Man", my colleagues Emily Rauhala and Anna Fifield write that the regime's diplomatic outreach - including last week's visit to Beijing - are making it harder to dismiss the North Korean leader as irrational or as a madman.

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