Kim Jong-un Girl Group Moranbong To Perform In China In Advance Of U.N. Security Council Investigation

King Jong-un announced that Moranbong, North Korea’s all-girl music group will be performing a week’s worth of shows in Beijing, China. According to CNN, the shows come at a time when Jong-un and the country’s capital government in Pyongyang look to “improve relations with its main ally” ahead of a special meeting by the U.N. Security Council.

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This United Nations council will open discussions tomorrow, December 10, on various accusations of long-perceived human rights violations carried out by the North Korean government, a process that many hope will end with Jong-un being referred to International Criminal Court. China, meanwhile, is one of the countries that holds veto power over the process.

Moranbong, Kim Jong-un’s girl group, was handpicked and established by the dictator himself in 2012. According to CNN, which quoted the North Korean state news agency KCNA, it was created to offer “a model of the Juche-based literature and art and a worldwide stylish band.” The all-girl group uses a backup synthesizer and primarily sings songs written as a tribute to Jong-un’s loving personality, including his “warm heart” and sweet smile,” KCNA noted.

Despite, according to the Telegraph, mixing in “choreography and skirts with dashes of western culture,” Kim Jong-un’s girl group is best known for traditional titles glorifying Jong-un and the state, such as “The Silk Weaving Girl of Nyongbyon,” “We Can’t Live Without His Care,” and “Fluttering Red Flag.” Kim Jong-un’s Moranbong girl group is expected to sing alongside North Korea’s State Merited Chorus, although the venues for its performances have not been announced.

Kim Jong-un’s girl group most recently publicly performed during a September 7 concert in which Pyongyang officials welcomed visitors from a state delegation from Cuba. It had been their first show in seven months.

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - UNDATED: (JAPAN OUT) In this detail from a photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service on September 30, 2010 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (R, front row) and the man believed to be his son Kim Jong-un, (L, front row) pose for photographs with delegates of the Workers' Party of Korea at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim was re-appointed as the party's secretary general and has made a military general of Kim Jong-Un, believed to be his third son. (Photo by Korean News Service via Getty Images)

The news follows the North Korea’s and China’s $156 million border trade zone agreement, which CNN reported on in August, which centers on the Chinese city of Dandong, also known as Pyongyang’s “lifeline” due to the amount of trade that passes through it.

CNN noted that China has continually opposed Jong-un’s attempts to develop a nuclear arsenal since coming into power in 2011. According to the UK Telegraph, Kim Jong-un’s Moranbong group’s six-day “tour of dancehall diplomacy” is aimed almost exclusively at helping “rebuild bridges damaged” by these missile and nuclear tests.

Professor Jeff Kingston, the director of Asian Studies at the Japan campus of Temple University, told the Telegraph, “Pyongyang is clearly trying to mend its ties with China, although it’s not clear what the impact of this kind of ‘soft power’ will have. There are encouraging signs that the relationship is coming out of the deep freeze and Beijing will be very keen to get North Korea back to the negotiating table on things like the nuclear question. For China, the biggest worry is the threat North Korea poses to its own security, whether in terms of its nuclear weapons or a regime collapse that would have a serious impact on the border region.”

The news of Kim Jong-un’s girl group performances also follows reports earlier this year, as documented by the Inquisitr, of the dictator’s establishment of “pleasure squads” at his palace. This controversial policy included the creation of three specific teams: a Happiness Team (Haengbokjo) for massages, a Dancing and Singing Team (Gamujo) for semi-nude performances, and a Satisfaction Team (Manjokjo) for performing some sexual services.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 20: Chinese actor and U.S. President Barack Obama impersonator Xiao Jiguo (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un impersonator Jia Yongtang talk as a large poster of the North Korean leader si taken down by production staff after shooting a brief scene together on a film set on October 20, 2015 in Beijing, China. Xiao began building a career making appearances as Obama in 2008 after friends told him he bore a resemblance to the U.S. president. Speaking only a few words of English, Xiao, from China's Sichuan province, lacks the physical stature of the real Obama, and relies on facial expressions and hand gestures to portray the world leader. Yongtang, originally from Hebei province, has been playing the roll of North Korea's infamous leader for three years (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)