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Kim Jong-un meets orchestra that performed at Winter Olympics

IANS  |  Pyongyang 

North Korean met members of the Samjiyon orchestra that had performed at the ongoing PyeongChang in and congratulated them on their success, reported on Tuesday.

Kim had a photo session with the members of the 140-member group when they returned to on Monday and praised their "high artistic ability", reports news.

"warmly congratulated the orchestra upon its successes by conveying the warm mind of the people in the North, who are hoping for the successful and national reconciliation," the (KCNA) said.

According to KCNA, the received a report from the orchestra about the atmosphere during their performances and said he was pleased that "the fellow countrymen in the South, including Moon Jae-in and his wife expressed satisfaction over the performances".

Concerts in by the orchestra, led by Hyon Song-wol, who is also part of the famous North Korean all-female band Moranbong, were a part of agreements signed in January by the two Koreas about the North's participation in the Winter Olympics, which started on February 7 in PyeongChang.

The group held a concert on February 8 in the South Korean city of Gangneung, an Olympic venue, and another on Sunday 11 in the National Theater of South Korea, attended by Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's sister and Kim Yong-nam, of the

Samjiyon's performances were the first by North Korean artists in the South since 2002.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 11:30 IST