Kim Jong-un attends S Korea concert in a reconciliatory move

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The concert went ahead at the elaborately decorated 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

"I hope that something similar will happen during this concert held in response (to the North's Seoul concert)", Do Jong-hwan, Seoul's culture chief leading the delegation, told reporters in Pyongyang.

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.

"He exchanged warm greetings with them and warmly welcomed their Pyongyang visit", North Korea's official news agency KCNA wrote in a summary of the event.

The Korean Peninsula has seen increased diplomacy between North Korea and South Korea in recent months, and Sunday evening was no exception. As reported by AP, these materials are smuggled into North Korea via flash drives across the border with China. President George W. Bush had labeled it a member of the "axis of evil" in 2002. -North Korea tensions, with the North conducting ballistic missile launches and testing a hydrogen bomb past year, and President Donald Trump engaging in fiery rhetoric with Kim.

The trip was Kim's first foreign visit after resuming office in 2011.

But it's the shifts in technology since the early-2000s that may be giving this year's musical extravaganza more impact, Dong-a University's Kang says.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju popped into the K-pop concert, applauding, and later having his photo taken with the visiting artists. Smuggled across the border on USB sticks and bootleg DVDs, K-pop has spread widely among the families of North Korea's political elite, Kang said. "So that gave us strength", said Kang Seul-gi, another Red Velvet singer, who performs under the name Selgui. He was also seen talking to members of Red Velvet, who have more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram. "I had initially planned to attend a performance the day after tomorrow but I came here today after adjusting my schedule", Kim was quoted as saying.

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On Sunday, he clapped and laughed while watching South Korean pop singers, whose influence on North Korea's isolated populace his government has been trying to block.

In the South, the Sunday show will air in its entirety on local channel MBC this Thursday at 7:55 p.m.

The same South Korean singers will hold another concert with North Korean performers on Tuesday. One of the band members, Eric Mun, told reporters that they looked at the singers "with eyes like shooting lasers", according to Yonhap.

The 2,300 North Koreans in the arena clapped in unison to the performance by the South Korean team, which was carried out to the tunes of electronic dance moves.

In 2008, the New York Philharmonic performed at the Pyongyang theater. Experts say it's unlikely, and the flurry of meetings, events and diplomatic activity is merely a facade for more strategic goals, including the dividing of allies and the easing of biting sanctions amid the USA -led "maximum pressure" campaign of President Donald Trump. Add South Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest South Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Relationship between the two nations have improved vastly since the Winter Olympics, which took place earlier this year in Pyeongchang.

So the talks between Pyongyang and South Korea and later the United States will likely proceed less harmoniously than Sunday's K-pop show.

An official from the Unification Ministry said it was not known whether the North will air a recorded version of the show on its TV network, though a five-minute summary was shown Monday afternoon on the North's Korean Central Television. He called for negotiations that are "very focused and get quick action".