NKorea missile scene sparked cancellation of girl band’s performance

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SEOUL: Disputes over a background scene flaunting North Korean missiles sparked the cancellation of a rare performance by a popular North Korean pop group in Beijing last week, a news report said Friday. Chinese authorities who spotted the scene during a rehearsal urged the band to drop it because of the concert’s high-profile audience including President Xi Jinping, the daily said. In the face of strong objections from the band, China decided that Xi and other top-ranking officials would not attend the performance. North Korea responded by canceling what would have been the band’s first concert abroad, the South Korean official was quoted as saying by Chosun Ilbo.

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