Kpop group Red Velvet perform for Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing China in this

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing China in this

Kim praised the group, who has more than 4.6 million Instagram followers, for their wonderful performance as well as asked the art troupe, which consists of 160 members from different entertainment field, to extend his appreciation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a wonderful concert.

Mr Kim clapped along and then met performers backstage where he conversed and took pictures, BBC reports.

It was the first time in 10 years that the South Korean, globally followed, bands traveled to perform in North Korea after ties between the two nations seem to be on the mend as they prepare for a historic summit later this month.

"The whole goal of cultural exchange is to open the gates for better relations between the North and the South, which have been strained for a decade", said Kang Dong-wan, a professor at Dong-a University and a leader of the Busan Hana Center, an institute that helps North Korean defectors in the South Korean port city of Busan.

A day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise appearance at a performance by South Korean pop stars in the North Korean capital, South Korea was still digesting the rare instance of cultural diplomacy. "The concert ended with a chorus of the song 'Our Wish Is Reunification'".

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.

"I originally wanted to watch a concert on Tuesday, but I had other appointments so I came today", Kim was quoted as saying by a high-ranking government official.

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The five-member girlband is known for a mix of upbeat electronic music, stylish fashion and high-voltage choreography. It was not all, even there; the North Korean leader spoke of giving nuclear arsenals. While President Trump has referred to Kim as "little Rocket Man", my colleagues Emily Rauhala and Anna Fifield write that the regime's diplomatic outreach - including last week's visit to Beijing - are making it harder to dismiss the North Korean leader as irrational or as a madman.

It marked the second time a South Korean team of taekwondo artists performed in Pyongyang, and the first since 2002. She had performed with the North's Samjiyon Orchestra in Seoul in February.

Cho Yong-pil, 68, sang a string of hits including "The Cafe in the Winter", "Short Hair" and "Let's Go on a Trip".

The theme of the joint concert will be "Spring is Coming", Hwang Seong-un, a spokesman for South Korea's culture ministry said at a briefing in Seoul on March 27. The Authoritative Dictator of the Communist State was ready to meet the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

It marks the first performance by South Korean artists in the communist neighbor since 2005, when Cho had a solo concert in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un, Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju, and his powerful sister, Kim Yo-jong, as well as ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, were also in attendance in Pyongyang on Sunday, according to Associated Press via South China Morning Post.

But as both countries appear to be warming up to each other ahead of talks later this month, K-pop suddenly doesn't appear to be so evil anymore.

"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.

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