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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wife attend performance by South Korean art troupe in Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife were among the guests on Sunday at the first of two special concerts in Pyongyang by South Korean artists.
It seems he enjoyed it so much that he suggested holding another concert in autumn.
Oh Jung-hee starts us off.
For the first time in 13 years,... a South Korean art troupe held a concert in Pyongyang on Sunday night,... dazzling an audience that included North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju.
The concert -- titled "Spring is Coming" -- started at about 6:30 PM, North Korea time.
Eleven different South Korean artists... including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, idol group Red Velvet,... and Seo Hyun of Girls' Generation performed at the concert.

The 15-hundred seat hall was completely full as the South Korean singers sang songs that represent the divided status of the two Koreas... and they ended the concert with songs titled 'Our Hope is Reunification' and 'Until We Meet Again.'

Kim Jong-un's attendance was somewhat expected,... as the concert's start time was changed a couple of times on the day.
He's known to have originally planned to watch Tuesday's concert -- a joint one by South and North Korean artists -- but had schedule problems.
Kim said there should be more cultural and art performances between Seoul and Pyongyang... and suggested holding another concert in autumn -- this time in Seoul -- signifying that the two Koreas are seeing "fruitful results" from their diplomatic push.

South Korea's taekwondo demonstration team performed earlier on Sunday.
The performance was attended by high-level North Korean taekwondo officials as well as Choe Hwi, the chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee.
Around 23-hundred North Korean citizens also watched the performance.

"We welcome South Korea's taekwondo demonstration team to Pyongyang "

The 50-minute show featured smashing performances as well as dances that use taekwondo moves.
The Pyongyang citizens in attendance clapped and enjoyed the performance,... but showed no response when the South Korean team danced to the recent South Korean pop song 'Fire' by boy band BTS.

On Monday, South Korean Taekwondo demonstration team will hold another performance -- this time, together with the North Korean team.
The South Korean artists will hold a joint performance with their North Korean counterparts on Tuesday before returning to Seoul.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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