Kim Jong Un watches South Korean pop stars perform in Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a concert entitled "Spring Comes".

Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong Whan, who is leading the delegation, told reporters at the airport that he hopes the performance will play a role in the arrival of a "peaceful spring" on the Korean Peninsula.

The emcee of yesterday's concert was a popular member of K-pop band Girls' Generation, Seohyun, who had performed with the visiting North Korean singers during their Seoul concert in February. The performances may be regarded as part of the diplomatic efforts taken to improve relations between the South and the North, following the historic "reunification" during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Kim Jong Un, his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong were among the 1,500 spectators.

Kim shook hands and took photos with the stars backstage, saying inter-Korean cultural events should be held more often and suggesting another event in the South Korean capital this autumn, pool reports said.

The heads of South and North Korea have recently agreed upon a date for next month's talks, setting the landmark summit for April 27, meeting for the first time since 2007.

Kim followed up by agreeing to a summit with Moon, and offering a face-to-face meet with US President Donald Trump.

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"Spring literally has arrived and it also presents our wishes for spring to come over our relationship between the North and the South", Hwang Seong-un, a spokesman for South Korea's culture ministry said at a briefing in Seoul on March 27.

Sunday's concert to a packed audience at the elaborately decorated 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre ended with a standing ovation after a finale in which all the stars appeared on stage to sing a song about unification. As one of the most established K-pop acts today, the band is expected to offer a taste of some of the most cutting-edge K-pop to people in the isolated communist country.

The 120-member group, including top girlband Red Velvet, flew from Seoul's Gimpo airport aboard a chartered civilian flight to Pyongyang via the rarely used direct air route between the two Koreas, as a rapprochement on the peninsula gathers pace.

Many North Korean defectors say they have seen South Korean TV dramas and heard K-pop music through blackmarket USB drives in the North despite an official ban on the 'decadent capitalist culture. She made a surprise appearance alongside a North Korean classical music ensemble during their performance in Seoul last month.

But not all onlookers were receptive to the K-pop offensive.

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

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