Rapprochement with North Korea sparks protests

South Korean President Moon Jae In (third left), his wife Kim Jung Suk (fourth left), president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam (left) and Kim Yo Jong (second left), the sister of North Korea's leader Ki
South Korean President Moon Jae In (third left), his wife Kim Jung Suk (fourth left), president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam (left) and Kim Yo Jong (second left), the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, watch North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul on Feb 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Protests broke out yesterday near a theatre where Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader, and South Korean President Moon Jae In were to watch a performance by a visiting North Korean orchestra.

On Saturday, the North's leader Kim Jong Un invited Mr Moon to a summit in Pyongyang, an offer extended by Ms Kim in a letter she handed to Mr Moon. The rapprochement has angered South Korean conservatives, who accused Mr Moon of being a North Korea sympathiser.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2018, with the headline 'Rapprochement with N. Korea sparks protests'. Print Edition | Subscribe