Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader
He was greeted by the leading members of the south side art troupe including To Jong Hwan, minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Yun Sang, music supervisor, at the theatre hall.
He exchanged warm greetings with them and warmly welcomed their Pyongyang visit.
He said that as he may have no time because of his complicated political program early in April, he came to enjoy the performance of the south side art troupe he invited to visit here, though it was given late. And he expressed thanks to them for coming here with good performance prepared by them with sincerity in a short span of time.
South side's stars sang their favorite songs energetically on the stage where the performance's title "Spring Comes" was seen.
The performers were greatly excited to see the stage being provided with reconciliation with the north and the south being as one again, while exchanging greetings with the audience and telling about their Pyongyang visit with warm compatriotism.
The performance ended with the song "Our Wish Is Reunification."
The performance was acclaimed by the audience as it made them keenly feel once again that the people in the north and the south are the fellow countrymen with their ardent desire and mind desirous of national concord pooling.
At the end of the performance, audience presented bouquets to the south side artistes.
After the performance ended, he met and shook hands with the leading actors and actresses of the south side art troupe one by one and expressed his deep thanks to them for pleasing our people through their fine performance.
He said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the south side.
Saying that the Pyongyang performance by the south side art troupe has brought spring of peace to the entire nation in the north and the south along with the performance title "Spring Comes", he added that when such good atmosphere is preserved carefully and continuously, only the beautiful spring when new buds sprout and flowers blossom and the rich autumn when the crops are abundant will always be in the way of our fellow countrymen.
Expressing expectation that the Pyongyang visit by the south side art troupe would mark a significant occasion of demonstrating the appearance of the one nation, he had a souvenir picture taken with the members of the art troupe.
Among the audience were Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Choe Hwi, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the WPK, Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the WPK, Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, Pak Chun Nam, minister of Culture, and citizens in Pyongyang. -0-