South Korea’s defense minister says it is “difficult” to grant BTS an alternative form of military service “in fairness”.
Last month, the mayor of Busan asked the South Korean president to exempt BTS from compulsory military service so they could support the city’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
Park Heong-joon told President Yoon Suk-yeol that “without solving the military service issue, BTS’s active promotion of Busan’s bid for the Expo may be impossible.”
He told the President that the global event is an “urgent necessity” for Busan.
The Mayor of Busan said he was calling for an alternative “national responsibility as heavy as conscription” for the famous K-pop band.
However, during a conference in the National Assembly held on Monday (September 19), South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook said it was “difficult” to expand this alternative program to BTS due to “aspects of fairness in fulfilling the mandatory.” military service”. .
According to South Korea’s Military Service Law, “All able-bodied males of Korean nationality are required to perform active military service for 18 to 22 months.”
In November 2020, BTS members said they believe that “military service is a just obligation for all Korean men,” confirming that all members would comply if asked to serve active duty.
BTS has released their new music album prove Earlier this year, they collaborated with American singer Halsey on the track “Boy With Luv.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/bts-south-korea-military-exemption-b2171981.html BTS: South Korea’s defense minister says military extrication for group could be ‘difficult’