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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju popped into a Pyongyang gig by visiting K-pop stars, and apparently enjoyed the performance.


The North Korean leader appeared in a group photograph with the performers, distributed by North Korean media.

Kim "said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the South side", the North's Korean Central News Agency said.

The show on Tuesday will be a joint performance featuring acts from both Koreas and will take place at a stadium in Pyongyang that can hold 12,000 people.

The trip was Kim's first foreign visit after resuming office in 2011. While Trump and Moon have said they will keep applying "maximum pressure" to the North, the exercises were delayed until after the Winter Olympiad finished on March 18.

South Korean media pool video showed Kim clapping from the second-floor VIP stand as South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan bowed and greeted North Korean spectators looking on from the first floor.

The rapprochement was triggered by the South's Winter Olympics, to which the North's leader sent athletes, cheerleaders and his powerful sister as an envoy.

South's musicians and artists will hold a bigger concert tomorrow along with North Korean artists.

Kim Jong Un just attended a two-hour long K-pop concert in Pyongyang, accompanied by his wife.

Under the title "Spring Comes", 11 famous South Korean artists or groups - Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin-hee, Yoon Do-hyun, Baek Ji-young, Red Velvet, Jungin, Seohyun, Ali, Kang San-eh and jazz pianist Kim Kwang-min - performed 26 songs transcending the inter-Korean border and generations.

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"(Kim) expressed thanks to them for coming here with (a) good performance, prepared by them with sincerity in a short span of time", the KCNA report said.

"I will request in person that President Trump raise the abduction issue, which is the most important question (for Japan), during an upcoming U.S".

North Korea's national intelligence chief Kim Yong-chol apologized Monday morning to South Korean reporters for restricting their coverage during the concert.

As well as this, longstanding nicknames for the leader - such as "Fatty Fatty", "Fatty the third", and "Fatty Kim the Third" - were also blocked on microblogging site Weibo. Pictured above is the North Korean leader meeting with a South Korean girl group at the show on April 1, 2018.

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. "I don't see that in his brain there is any contradiction", he said, referring to Kim's position of extraordinary power inside the state. He also said they should hold more such culture and art performances. "If that moves North Korean citizens' hearts and the two relationships get a little better through music, I think that's what we can do", he said.

Roughly 300,000 South Korean soldiers were participating in the four-week Foal Eagle training alongside more than 11,500 USA troops, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

No US aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines were expected to join the drills.

The performance coincided with the beginning of annual joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, which have previously been met with denunciations and missile launches by the North.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said he's glad John Bolton will serve as Trump's national security adviser going into talks with North Korea because of his "very healthy skepticism". "I am thinking maybe the tensions between North Korea and the United States will come back as usual", the defector said. She had performed with the North's Samjiyon Orchestra in Seoul in February.