The North Korean leader attended a concert by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang on Sunday. After watching one group perform, he called the event a “gift for Pyongyang citizens.”
“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a theater director accused of sexual harassment.
Musicians played K-pop, Mozart, Josh Groban and other popular hymns. For some in the audience, it was their first time seeing North Koreans.
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A ferry will transport a 140-member arts delegation from North to South for the Olympics, after Seoul agreed to suspend a ban on North Korean ships.
During heightened tensions, thousands of young people turned out to a concert near the demilitarized zone.
Mr. Hong, a South Korean director and Cannes veteran, avoids convention in his tales of romantic entanglements and the raucous ways they can come undone.
Mr. Yun, a Korean composer who later lived in West Berlin, explored questions of identity. Events this season will mark the centenary of his birth.
The ruling found that the 20-inch bronze statue had been taken from Korea centuries ago by Japanese pirates. Tokyo called the decision “regrettable.”