PICTURED: Kim Jong-un and his wife attend POP CONCERT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been photographed attending a historic performance by South Korean pop stars in Pyongyang. 

Kim - who was with his wife, Ri Sol-ju - is the first North Korean leader to attend a show put on by performers from the South. 

The South Korean culture ministry said that Kim also met with the country's culture minister, which appears to be confirmed by photographs taken at the event.

The South Korean culture ministry said that Kim also met with the country's culture minister, which appears to be confirmed by photographs taken at the event

The South Korean culture ministry said that Kim also met with the country's culture minister, which appears to be confirmed by photographs taken at the event

Kim - who was with his wife, Ri Sol-ju - is the first North Korean leader to attend a show put on by performers from the South

Kim - who was with his wife, Ri Sol-ju - is the first North Korean leader to attend a show put on by performers from the South

South Korea had sent a 160-member troupe to the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre. 

Among the acts were famous K-pop stars Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin-hee, Red Velvet and Seohyun of Girls' Generation, Yonhap reported.

Kim reportedly insisted that the two Korean states should hold such performances more often.           

It is the latest reconciliatory gesture between the two countries in the build-up to a rare inter-Korean summit.

The event - the first concert by South Korean artists in the North for more than a decade - comes as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of military tensions.

The group - 11 musical acts as well as dancers, technicians and taekwondo artists - flew to Pyongyang on Saturday to perform concerts on Sunday as well as on Tuesday.

South Korean singers held a rehearsal Sunday afternoon at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

The taekwondo athletes are also expected to stage a performance in Pyongyang on Sunday before performing together with the North's practitioners on Monday.

The rapprochement was triggered by the South's Winter Olympics, to which the North's leader Kim Jong-un sent athletes, cheerleaders and his powerful sister as an envoy.

Kim followed up by agreeing to a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in, and

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