S. Korea musicians to play first concert in North since 2007

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N. Korean Official Urges Active Inter Korean Exchanges in Sports

Officials from both sides started the meeting at around 10 a.m.at the Tongilgak administrative building on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that bisects the two Koreas, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

The group will include local pop legends Cho Yong-pil and Choi Jin-Hee, five-member K-pop group Red Velvet and Seohyun, a member of the famous K-pop group Girls' Generation. Whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be watching the performance is not yet known.

The performances, announced by the South's Ministry of Unification after talks with North Korean delegates, come after North Korean musicians and martial artists traveled to the South for the Winter Olympics in February.

Red Velvet is the first girl group to perform in North Korea since Baby VOX in 2003. This was during the recently-ended Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The April event is also, notably, the first solo performance from a female K-pop group in the country since APink's 2016 tour, which itself was the first K-pop girl group tour in the States since 2012.

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"When it comes to the list of songs, I don't think it will take a long time if we talk about the songs they know", said chief South Korean delegate Yoon Sang, a popular singer, and composer.

During their three-day stay, the team, led by presidential official Tak Hyun-min, will examine accommodations for South Korea's 160-member cultural troupe.

It marks the first time that a South Korean entertainer will represent the South's delegation for inter-Korean talks. Ahead of the event, staff from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from March 22 through 24 to assess the situation for stage props, equipment, and more.

Communication about the concerts have been happening via a cross-border communication channel.

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