South Korean Shows in DPRK Promote Inter-Korean Unity, Kim Jong

03 April, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in Seoul South Korea

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says chaos in the Trump administration is harming its ability to formulate coherent policy toward North Korea's nuclear program and other important issues in Asia.

South Korea has in recent years added K-pop to its propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarized zone, a practice that has prompted threats of military action by North Korea. Kim was seen clapping in time to the music and later took photographs with the performers.

"By parading them to the global community, the regime has found a way to convey that the North and Kim in particular are not extraordinarily odd or inhuman but rather relatable and family oriented", Nagy said.

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

Yoon, who also performed in Pyongyang in 2002, recently explained to CNN his reason for performing. "I rearranged my schedule to come to the concert today", Kim said.

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"(Kim Jong Un) showed much interest during the show and asked questions about the songs and lyrics", South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-whan was quoted as saying after the show. The Authoritative Dictator of the Communist State was ready to meet the President of the United States, Donald Trump. No date has been set for the US-North Korean summit although it is expected before the end of May.

The South Korean performers were the first musical delegation to visit the neighbouring nation in a decade's time.

Is this a start of a harmonious relationship between two countries?

North Korean concertgoers on Sunday waved their hands from their seats when South Korean stars joined together to sing a popular Korean song, "Our wish is unification", the TV footage showed.

"When such good atmosphere is preserved carefully and continuously, only the attractive spring when new buds sprout and flowers blossom and the rich autumn when the crops are abundant will always be in the way of our fellow countrymen", Kim said, according to North Korean media.

Red Velvet express their gratitude after performing at the North Korea concert
The deployment of such powerful weaponry during past drills has frequently drawn an angry response from the North. The group shot to stardom in 2009, making Seohyun one of today's most recognisable K-pop singers.

Ultimately, "the implications of K-pop in Pyongyang will be about the same as the implications of Dennis Rodman frolicking with Kim Jong Un over the years - events of no geopolitical or humanitarian effect", Lee said, referring to the former basketball star who has visited Pyongyang multiple times.

The South Korean troupe will jointly perform with the North Korean artists Tuesday at Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium before heading back later in the day.

Millions bob their heads to the catchy tunes and feel mesmerized by the synchronized dance steps and in the sea of people at future K-pop concerts you may just find one very (in) famous head bobbing to the tune; that of one Kim Jong Un.

For the last seven years, thousands of South Koreans have assembled at the Nuri Peace Park only miles from the border with North Korea for an annual August K-pop concert framed around reconciliation and peace.

Separately, the South Korean taekwondo team performed at the Pyongyang Taekwondo Hall as North Korean officials and residents watched. The musicians, who arrived in the North Korean capital on Saturday by a chartered civilian flight, included girl group Red Velvet; Seohyun, a member of Girls' Generation; YB, a five-member rock band; Kim Kwang-min, a pianist; and legendary singer Cho Yong-pil.

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