Is it just me or Kim Yo-jong has a smug face at just about every event she has attended?:
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) talks with Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, just before the start of a performance by a North Korean art troupe, in Seoul, on Feb. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)
President Moon Jae-in attended a North Korean art troupe’s concert in Seoul on Sunday, expressing hopes that the reconciliatory mood for inter-Korean dialogue would be maintained going forward.
President Moon and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un both attended the performance in the evening, marking the fourth time Moon and Kim Yo-jong have met since they greeted each other during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday.
Other members of the North’s high-level delegation were present for the concert, including the North’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam.
During talks made just before the performance began, President Moon said the meeting with Yo-jong and the North’s delegation was very important, saying, “the two Koreas should cooperate to make this reconciliatory meeting’s charcoal become a torch.”
The North’s ceremonial head of state, Kim, said in response, “It is very happy and impressive to share such precious times. I would go back with a new note of hope of getting together again, because we created an opportunity to meet frequently.” [Yonhap]
You can read more at the link, but as far as the performance goes it was choreographed to push the narrative of unification:
Hyon Song-wol, leader of North Korea’s Samjiyon Orchestra, performs during a concert by the North Korean art troupe, at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul, on Feb. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)
The grand finale of the concert was North Korean song, “Let’s Meet Again,” and a common Korean song titled, “Our Wish Is Unification,” both sung together by Seohyun, a member of South Korean pop group Girls’ Generation, and a North Korean female octet.
Seohyun, wearing a short, white minidress and high-heeled shoes, and the North’s octet ended the concert, performing in perfect harmony the song with a theme reflecting the two Koreas’ desire for reunification.
The performers hugged as the audience gave them a standing ovation.
Another highlight of the concert was the surprise appearance of Hyon Song-wol, head of the Samjiyon Orchestra, on the stage.
“I came here to the South by crossing the border twice. In the process I felt saddened by the reality that Pyongyang and Seoul are located so close but feel so far away from each other,” she said. “I’m in a bad condition because I have a sore throat from Gangneung, but please applaud me a little bit more loudly than other singers so I can save face as the director,” Hyon said, resulting in thunderous applause.
She then sang a North Korean song titled “Paektu and Halla Are My Fatherland.” Her solo performance was later joined by the North’s orchestra and female singers. [Yonhap]
You can read more at the link, but the narrative of unification is likely being used to justify holding a near term Inter-Korean Summit, make agreements to reopen Kaesong and the Kumgang Resort Tours, which will ultimately make ineffective the sanctions on North Korea.
South Korean singer Seo Hyun (C) sings the song, “Our Wish Is Unification,” with singers of North Korea’s Samjiyon Orchestra, during a concert by the North Korean art troupe at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul on Feb. 11, 2018. The art troupe visited South Korea to celebrate the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which is under way in the northeastern alpine town of PyeongChang. (Yonhap)