Korea to send heavyweights of K-pop to North Korea

Korea to send heavyweights of K-pop to North Korea

A number of K-pop artists, including Red Velvet and Seohyun, are among a 160-strong art troupe being sent to Pyongyang by South Korea for a number of concerts between March 31 and April 3.

But in a statement the Pentagon confirmed they would now go ahead at the start of April, coinciding with the concerts by South Korean artists in Pyongyang. Details were agreed upon during negotiations between the two countries held in the border area of Panmunjom.

"While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings towards denuclearization", said singer and record producer Yoon Sang, who led the South's delegation at Tuesday's talks. He has also been named the musical director of the South's art troupe to Pyongyang, marking the first time for a South Korean entertainer to represent a delegation in inter-Korean talks.

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.

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That set off a flurry of diplomatic activity between the two Koreas; they each sent high-level delegations to meet the other's leaders, with promises for a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The talks held on the northern side of the Panmunjeom truce village began at 10 a.m. and lasted for about three hours. It added that in selecting the head of the art troupe, its policy was to select a person well-versed in the characteristics of each generation of Korean pop music.

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

He was the last South Korean singer to grace Pyongyang's stage in 2005, according to Reuters. Each act will hold two performances at the city's East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.

"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".

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