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Kim Jong-un went to a K-pop show

Kim Jong-un (right) speaks with South Korean performers (left) in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un speaks with South Korean performers in Pyongyang. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP / Getty Images

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju attended a K-pop concert this weekend at a Pyongyang theater, per the BBC. The visit from the South Korean group, Red Velvet, came after North Korea sent performers to the South in February.

Why it matters: It had been more than a decade since a South Korean artist performed in the North, where foreign music and entertainment is highly restricted. The performance also came during joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, which the regime typically treats as a provocation.