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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Musicians from North and South Korea performed together in Pyongyang on Tuesday, with many high-level officials from the North in attendance, local media reported.

    Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, and Pak Chun Nam, the North's minister for culture, came to the concert, according to Yonhap news agency.

    For the finale, the musicians from both countries sang "Our Wish is Reunification."

    On Sunday, dozens of South Korean performers including a top K-pop group Red Velvet and pop legend Cho Yong-pil, performed in Pyongyang, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the concert.

    ​This is the first time pop stars from South Korea have performed in the North since 2005, and marks a general detente in the bilateral relations. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to power last May, has been urging for a decrease in bilateral tensions over the North's nuclear program and the South's joint military drills with the United States.

    READ MORE: Music to His Ears: Kim Jong-un Visits South Korean Pop Stars' Concert

    The shows came after Pyongyang in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year, following a thaw between the two Asian nations.

    They also precede a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27.


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