SEOUL, :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.”
On Saturday, the North’s delegation paid a visit to Moon at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. Later in the day, Moon and the North’s delegation also together attended the opening match of the unified women’s ice hockey team, which is comprised of athletes from the two Koreas.
During Saturday’s meeting, the North Korean leader’s sister, in her capacity as special envoy of her brother Kim Jong-un, invited the South Korean chief executive to visit the North. Moon said in response that he hopes that the right conditions will be created so that the proposed visit can take place.
The North’s delegation arrived in the South on Friday and is to head back home late Sunday.
The concert by the Samjiyon Orchestra began on 7 p.m. at the National Theater of Korea in central Seoul.
Source: Yonhap News Agency