Block B leader Zico and Ailee have been included in a South Korean delegation consisting of 52 members — government officials, politicians, business leaders and representatives from some other fields — that will visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang later in September to attend the upcoming summit between the two countries.
The two K-pop stars will travel alongside songwriter Kim Hyung-suk, who is expected to perform a rendition of "Arirang" and "Our Wish Is Reunification" with the piano, the Korea Herald reports.
What Zico or Ailee are going to perform at the summit is still unclear.
Internet users, meanwhile, rushed to social networks to express their support for the musicians.
AILEE AND ZICO REALLY FJDJFJFJF thats so random but im glad miss ailee is bringing us world peace https://t.co/clBg7T9dk1— mia ♡ (@cherrysolji) September 16, 2018
Woo jiho is going to north Korea with ailee and the president— feebii 🐝 (@ur_brian_giveup) September 16, 2018
If you don't already stan zico, dont waste anymore time and STAN HIM
Ailee and Zico:— Roxy (@Roxytwo003) September 16, 2018
"The Legends Only Guide: How to Bless a Country in One Summit"
north korea is blessed— Zelfá (@dumbestmino) September 16, 2018
Go Zico! ♥️♥️♥️ king of the Zungle ♥️— Feit (@feitfor) September 16, 2018
It's not first time that South Korea uses K-pop diplomacy toward its northern neighbor. Earlier in the year, the five-strong female group Red Velvet and the solo singer Seohyun, who rose to fame as part of the band Girls' Generation, and Cho Yong-pil visited North Korea.
"Our goal is to impress North Koreans in the same way that South Koreans have been moved by their musicians," famed composer Yoon Sang, who at the time the team of musicians, said.
The inter-Korean summit is set to be held in Pyongyang on September 18-20. The South Korean president is expected to use a direct flight to travel to Pyongyang.
The first meeting of the two leaders was held at the Panmunjom truce village on April 27. Less than in a month later, the two counterparts met once again. The upcoming meeting is expected to be devoted to issues relating to the implementation of the declaration signed at Panmunjom.