Kim Jong Un watches South Korean pop stars perform in Pyongyang

South Korean girl band Red Velvet is seen after their performance in Pyongyang North Korea Sunday

South Korean girl band Red Velvet is seen after their performance in Pyongyang North Korea Sunday

Since K-pop performers last went to Pyongyang, North Korean artists themselves have started to emulate their Southern counterparts.

"I, along with Korean pop musicians, will do my best to make the historic first Pyongyang concerts by South Koreans in 13 years successful", Do said in a statement he read at the airport. The performance was delayed by two hours for "the convenience of more audience", Yonhap News Agency reported.

K-pop artists such as veteran singer Cho Yong Pil and Seohyun of the popular girl group Girls' Generation are among the performers.

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

Although almost 300,000 South Korean troops and 24,000 American troops will take part, the drill will be a month shorter than usual and will not involve nuclear submarines.

Eleven Korean acts are in the lineup of the concerts, which are together titled "Spring Comes": Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin-hee, Yoon Do-hyun, Baek Ji-young, Red Velvet, Jungin, Seohyun, Ali, Kang San-eh and Kim Kwang-min.

Joy, one of the five members, would miss the trip to Pyongyang due to her TV drama shooting schedule, their agency has said.

Members of South Korea's main team head to Pyongyang from Gimpo International Airport in Seoul on March 31, 2018. On Tuesday, they will take part in a joint performance with North Korean artists at a larger venue in the capital.

The rapprochement follows months of high tensions over the North's missile and nuclear programmes. No date has been set for the US-North Korean summit.

"(Kim Jong Un) showed much interest during the show and asked questions about the songs and lyrics", Culture Minister Do Jong-whan told reporters after the show. A 70-member technical crew flew into the North on Thursday to set up the equipment.

Taking place four weeks before a historic meeting between the two countries' leaders, the music tour could provide a test of whether North Korea's attitude to the rest of the world is truly thawing.

The ongoing co-operation steps between the rivals began after North Korea took part in February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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. The ministry also plans to suggest the North resume its cross-border project to excavate the site of Manwoldae, a Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) palace located in Gaesong, according to the pool report.

"Spring literally has arrived and it also presents our wishes for spring to come over our relationship between the North and the South".

While in Pyongyang, Do said, he will meet with North Korean figures in the fields to discuss ways to expand cooperation.

The South Korean delegation will return home Tuesday night.

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