North Korea may invite The Three Tenors to perform at its annual spring festival next month, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan reported Tuesday.

Song Sok Hwan, North Korea's chief organizer for the international festival, revealed the plan to have the opera singers perform during an interview with the People's Korea, a newspaper published by Koreans in Japan who support of the Pyongyang government.

"We aspire to develop our festival into a world-class event. For example we are considering a program bold enough to invite the so-called Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo," Song was quoted as saying. The interview was published on the newspaper's Web site Tuesday.

North Korea's April Spring Friendship Art Festival, timed to celebrate the April 15 birthday of national founder and late President Kim Il Sung, is the largest international event hosted by the isolated communist state every year.

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For this year's festivities, North Korea plans to invite 700 musicians and other artists from 40 countries, Song was quoted as saying.

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