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North Korea's state-run television has aired footage of the country's leader Kim Jong Un attending a concert in Pyongyang featuring a South Korean musical troupe.

The appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the so-called K-pop concert was another indication of the thawing of relations between the peninsular rivals after years of heightened tensions over the North's nuclear program.

The same South Korean singers will hold a joint concert with North Korean performers on Tuesday at the Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium, a joint project between the North and South named after Hyundai Group billionaire founder Chung Ju-yung who had long advocated inter-Korean cultural and economic exchange.

'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.

The 120-member group - 11 musical acts as well as dancers and technicians - flew to Pyongyang on Saturday to perform concerts yesterday as well as tomorrow.

"There had been interest in whether I would come and see Red Velvet", he said according to pool reports from the North. Kim also met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during his first overseas trip.

North Korea has angrily denounced the military exercises in the past, but not this year.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju sat next to South Korean culture minister Do Jong-whan.

When it comes to North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump's policies have been whiplash inducing. Kim waved to the artists who had gathered on stage. Whether Pyongyang authorities would make any demands was a matter of debate in South Korea's media because the general public in North Korea is strictly banned from listening to K-pop.

The most closely-watched group set to perform Sunday is Red Velvet, part of the South's hugely popular K-pop phenomenon that has taken audiences in Asia and beyond by storm in recent decades.

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Before Sunday's performance, South Korea last sent a pop singer to North Korea in 2005.

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

A total of 26 songs were performed from 6:50 p.m.to 9 p.m., including Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" and "Bad Boy".

One of the kpop artists that performed were South Korea's legends such as Red Velvet.

Next on the agenda for Kim, Lee said, would be to hold more meetings with key world leaders - including Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin - in an effort to lend further credibility to his rule.

On Friday, the two Koreas agreed to hold what will be the third inter-Korean summit following meetings in 2000 and 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.

About 300,000 South Korean soldiers were participating in the four-week Foal Eagle training alongside more than 11,500 United States troops, a spokesman for the ministry said.

No US aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines were expected to join the drills. "South or North (Korea) it is the same taekwondo, same roots, but the way it has grown is different. I am thinking maybe the tensions between North Korea and the USA will come back as usual", the defector said.

She said Trump's agreement to meet with North Korea's leader was "rash", in the absence of Pyongyang's commitment to take "any steps at all to indicate that they were serious about denuclearization".

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