K-pop stars to perform in North Korea in art troupe visit


A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The concert comes ahead of an inter-Korean summit slated for late April at the border village.

South and North Korea held face-to-face talks Tuesday in the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the upcoming trip.

"It will be hard for us to express any personal feelings about the issue of denuclearization on stage (at the Pyongyang concert)", Yun Sang said at the press briefing.

South Korean singer and chief delegate Yun Sang exchanges documents with Hyon Song Wol, head of the Samjiyon Orchestra, during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, March 20, 2018.

More than 300,000 armed forces personnel take part in the drills, which North Korea condemns as a provocation of war.

Tuesday's talks lasted almost four hours after beginning at around 10 a.m.

The South will send an advance team to check venues from Thursday to Saturday, according to the ministry.

It said that in selecting the head of the art troupe, the government highly valued a person who is well-versed in the musical tastes of different generations.

He is the first entertainer to ever represent South Korea in talks with North Korea. She also performed at a concert there in 2003.

The group includes pop singers such as veteran pop legend Cho Yong-pil, the five-member girl band Red Velvet and Seohyun, a former member of the girl group Girls' Generation.

After Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently announced his intention of improving ties between the North and South Korea, the announcement hopefully indicates a possible alleviation of the conflict between the two countries.

The other show will be held at the Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium, which was a joint project between North and South, named after Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung.

"Our foremost task is to deliver the same emotions and natural mood as we show here to North Korea and fellow Koreans in the North".