Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

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The concert highlights the thawing ties between the rivals after years of friction over the North's nuclear program.

Red Velvet performed hits like Bad Boy and Red Flavor to a 150 member strong audience most members of which hailed from the North Korean elite class.

Besides veteran singer Cho Yong-pil, former member of Girls Generation Seohyun and ballad singer Baek Ji-young, K-Pop girl group Red Velvet was among those sent to the country to perform.

The Korean Central Television (KCTV) on Monday aired footage showing Kim visiting the East Pyongyang Grand Theater on Sunday evening to watch the concert and encourage the performers.

"North Korean refugees overwhelmingly and consistently report that it has become more unsafe 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. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim will sit together for what would be the third inter-Korean summit, following meetings in 2000 and 2007, at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27. He was seen in another directly addressing members of Red Velvet, which commands more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram. "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. "I thank you for this kind of gift to Pyongyang's citizens".

South Korean groups perform during a rehearsal in Pyongyang on Sunday.

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In the past, South Korea's popular music, known as K-pop, didn't find a great deal of love in Pyongyang.

Full video of their and other South Korean singers' performances wasn't immediately available.

Kpop superstars Red Velvet and other South Korean artists did something extremely unusual over the weekend. The fact that Yeri had said it was an honour to shake hands with Kim Jong Un was thought to be inappropriate as it gave the impression that Yeri had put Kim Jong Un into a position of praise.

In addition to traditional musicians and twenty experts of taekwondo, the delegation includes celebrities in south korea as Cho Yong-pil, 68 years of age, who had been given a solo concert in Pyongyang in 2005, and the singer Choi Jin-hee, 61 years of age, which occurred in the North in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

Members of the K-pop group, meanwhile, were pretty relieved by the North Korean audience and Kim's reception to their performance. Kim Jong-un reportedly made a rare, unannounced out-of-country diplomatic visit to China in March.

Do responded that working-level talks should be held after the inter-Korean summit later this month, expressing hope that sports would help advance reconciliation and exchange between the South and North.

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