K-pop doesn't mean Kim Jong-un pop, or does it?

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was "deeply moved" by a concert of South Korean pop musicians paying a rare visit to Pyongyang, state media reports on April 2.

Yesterday's event - which was the first concert by South Korean artists in the North for more than a decade - comes as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of military tensions.

Sunday's K-pop performance and its subsequent celebration by North Korean media add to the complexity of North Korean diplomacy that has emerged in recent months.

Despite the North's isolation and strict curbs on unauthorised foreign culture, backed up by prison terms, K-pop has become increasingly popular there thanks to flash drives smuggled across the border with its neighbour China.

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.

During his meeting with Trump, Abe is also expected to urge the US leader to exempt Tokyo from Washington's stiff new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, according to a Japanese government source.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju popped into the K-pop concert, applauding, and later having his photo taken with the visiting artists. His sister Kim Yo-jong, who gained attention for her appearance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year, was also in attendance.

'He said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the South's side, ' KCNA said.

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. Red Velvet were the highlight of the evening, though, generating applause from the audience and Kim Jong Un alike.

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Last week, Kim made his first overseas trip as leader to Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping, ahead of an inter-Korean summit, slated for April 27.

The changing rhetoric also doesn't indicate that Kim is ready to suddenly give in to USA demands.

"There had been interests in whether I would come and see Red Velvet".

"There had been interest in whether I would come and see Red Velvet".

The South's 160-member art troupe will again perform April 3, this time alongside North Korean counterparts, before returning home. 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.

"Famous popular South Korean celebrities sang their favorite songs". But Red Velvet said in a post-concert interview that the North Koreans gave them a big hand. "The concert ended with a chorus of the song 'Our Wish Is Reunification'". "But somehow, I sort of feel, 'What if Kim Jong-un can really make a change?' and I think I can visit my hometown".

In addition to K-pop girl band Red Velvet, starlet Seohyun of Girls' Generation, singers Cho Yong-pil and Lee Sun-hee, and rocker Yoon Do-hyun were among those who traveled north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) - the heavily fortified border dividing the two Koreas - for two concerts in the North Korean capital.

Also on Sunday, a joint military exercise involving United States and South Korean troops got under way in South Korea, the defence ministry in Seoul said.

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