Kim gives enthusiastic response to RoK concert: DPRK media

Monday, 2018-04-02 07:21:57
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DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (L) waves and RoK Culture Minister Do Jong-whan claps before a RoK’s art troupe holds a concert in Pyongyang in this image captured from pool footage taken on April 1, 2018. (Photo:Yonhap)
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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s state media reported on April 2 that its leader Kim Jong-un and his wife watched the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s musicians' rare performance in Pyongyang a day earlier.

Kim warmly welcomed the RoK art troupe's visit to Pyongyang and gave an enthusiastic response to its concert, which was held under the name "Spring Comes," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

RoK's art group held the performance on April 1 that involved 11 teams, including contemporary pop legendary Cho Yong-pil and girl group Red Velvet, and plans to hold a joint gig on April 3.

The KCNA said that Kim attended yesterday's performance as he could not probably arrange time due to the hectic schedule for political events in early April.

It was the first time a DPRK leader had attended a RoK’s performance in the capital. Kim was seen clapping in tune to some of the songs and later took photographs with the performers after the show.

A RoK media pool report showed that Kim proposed the two Koreas hold more cultural events, suggesting it would be better to hold a concert in Seoul around fall under the title of "Autumn Comes."

The Pyongyang concerts reciprocate a DPRK art troupe's performances in RoK to celebrate the PyeongChang Winter Olympics last month. RoK President Moon Jae-in attended one of the two concerts held by the DPRK's "Samjiyon Orchestra."

Yonhap, Reuters
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