The concert, titled "Spring is Coming", consisted of a lineup of popular South Korean performers including several veteran vocalists who previously performed in front of the North Korean audience.
The Choson Sinbo, a newspaper run by North Koreans in Japan, which is widely deemed Pyongyang's unofficial mouthpiece, reported on March 26 that Kim made his decision to change course in early December as he climbed Mount Paektu, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula and a significant element of the Kim family mythology, allegedly being the birthplace of former leader Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un's father.
The performers' visit reciprocated performances by the North Korean art troupe in South Korea during its Winter Olympic Games in February.
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The third inter-Korean summit, following two previous meetings in 2000 and 2007, will be held on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom. It also wants to strengthen ties with the United States ahead of the country's planned meeting with the North.
One noteworthy comment from Kim to the South Korean special envoys last month was that he wished to be "taken seriously" during his talks with Moon and Trump. North Korea never stopped military provocations such as launching ICBM missiles, sometimes followed up with verbal threatening. These included possible "preventive" strikes, whether through full-scale operation or by giving North Korea a "bloody nose", both of which might flare up into unspeakably risky consequences. "We should improve the frozen inter-Korean relations", Kim said in the televised address, "and glorify this meaningful year as an eventful one, noteworthy in the history of the nation".
Citing an unidentified South Korean official on Tuesday, the Munwha Ilbo report said that South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might release a joint statement after their summit on April 27th stating they would seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation. The Moon administration will continue to carry out very constructive and mediating roles between the US and North Korea as well. But Pyongyang has insisted that the two Koreas should sign a non-aggression treaty and a peace treaty should be signed between North Korea and the US.
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All the Korean people as well as the global community are looking forward to seeing the inter-Korean summit work out quite successful results.
The South Korean expert anticipated that the inter-Korean summit's major goal is to have Kim Jong-un personally confirm his country's readiness for denuclearization.
South Korea has listed 3 main issues to be discussed at its summit with North Korea next week. "It looks like we will be able to see how this gap can be bridged only at the meeting", he noted.
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