The abrupt cancellation of several concerts in Beijing by North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un’s favourite pop band suggested big differences between the two countries over nuclear weapons and political protocol, analysts said yesterday.

Even though officials said the two nations would continue exchanges, the cancellation showed ties were deteriorating, the observers said.

The Moranbong Band, an all-women group whose members are hand-picked by Kim, and North Korea’s State Merited Chorus, left Beijing on Saturday just hours before they were due to take the stage at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Xinhua said the performance was cancelled because of “communication issues at the working level”. “China attaches high importance to cultural exchanges with North Korea, and is ready to continue to work with it to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in culture and all other areas,” the brief report said, without elaborating… see more

source: scmp