An Atlanta-based humanitarian group is planning to bring the North Korean National Symphony Orchestra to the US this spring, reports the Associated Press. Global Resource Services, a non-profit organisation that works in North Korea, is organising an 18-day visit for 164 musicians, journalists and officials. The schedule features concerts in Atlanta, New York and other cities. The trip will reportedly cost $3m, but the details are still being worked out, and the visit needs to be approved by the US State Department.  

Last week, North Korea's Unhasu Orchestra was in Paris for a joint performance with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung.