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Unhasu Orchestra of DPRK Stays in Paris
Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) -- The Unhasu Orchestra led by Kwon Hyok Bong, advisor to the Korean Traditional Music Institute, on a visit to France Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the general director of the Radio Broadcasting of France.

Present there were leading members of the Orchestra, the chief of the mission of the DPRK in Paris and its staff members, officials concerned of the Radio Broadcasting of France and the music director of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of France.

The general director welcomed the Orchestra's visit to France, saying that a joint performance of the Unhasu Orchestra and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of France would be of significance in showing the development of cultural relations between the two countries as well as the DPRK's developing culture and arts.

The general director expressed hope that the cultural exchange between the two countries would develop in the future on the basis of the success made in the joint performance to be given under the concern of the French government.

The head of the Unhasu Orchestra had a press conference on the same day.

Attending it were reporters of 41 major media of the world including AFP, various TV channels and radio broadcasting services of France, Reuters, CNN, Asahi Shimbun and Yonhap News of south Korea.

The head of the Orchestra, answering the questions raised by reporters, expressed belief that the joint performance would offer an opportunity of boosting the cultural exchange between the DPRK and France and expanding the relations between the two countries in various fields.

Former Minister of Culture Jack Lang, member of the National Assembly of France, visited the Unhasu Orchestra in the run-up to the performance and asked the head of the delegation to convey sincere thanks to the DPRK government for sending the prestigious orchestra.

The orchestra visited the Versailles Palace and other places on March 11.

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