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Yoo Seung Joon is still banned from Korea

By alim17   Friday, September 30, 2016   168,707   3,619   284
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The final judgment is out for Yoo Seung Joon's case against the L.A. Consul General, demanding a Visa for entry into South Korea.  He is currently blacklisted from ever entering the country after evading military service by getting a citizenship in the United States on the sly, and has been trying to fight it as of late.


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On September 30, the Seoul administrative court upheld Yoo Seung Joon's entry ban into South Korea. The court stated that they can't allow entry because if they did, it would demoralize the soldiers currently serving and set a precedent for teenagers to avoid conscription.


Although Yoo Seung Joon lost the case he is refusing to accept it.  He is likely planning to appeal.  On this day, his attorney stated, "He's extremely disappointed in the judgment made by the administrative court today.  He acknowledges that the choice he made in the past was wrong after the results, but not allowing him into a country for over fourteen years when he had been born there and lived there up to middle school is too severe and unfair. He will consult with his family and discuss what to do next, such as make an appeal, then make a decision."

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    cmerle1 Thursday, October 6, 2016

    I know that SK's military service is mandatory, I apologize for not addressing that in my previous post. Anyone who is conscripted (I think this is what it's called, right?) or even volunteers to serve could be called to serve in war, go overseas to fight other countries. Lord knows the USA has had our share of wars. But that's the chance you take when you go into the military. His mandatory time is only 2 years. I served as a nurse for six years and helped take care of casualties when they came back from battle. Not something I'd wish on anyone having to deal with that sort of thing. But he chose to leave your country instead of fulfilling his military obligation and to me it's not something to be taken lightly. If he ends up being let back into your country, I think he should not only do his 2 years but maybe a couple of extra time in addition to serving some jail time. I know a lot of people in your country are waiting to see the outcome. I know I am. I hope it explains a little better what I tried to say in my previous post.

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    LordLiar18 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    He should have known it for the very beginning... I'm quite of an ignorant when it comes to SK's policies but i do know that the military service is a very important part in SK, especially for men... And he decided to go away from his duty as a SK citizen...

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    NgohiongPuso LordLiar18 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Actually, every country, even way back history, can muster an army in times of war. They can force service from the citizenry if they must. This two year service is a way for South Korea to have men and women equipped with the skills for war even when they are already civilians. Your country can call you too but let's not wish for war.

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    cmerle1 Sunday, October 2, 2016

    A permanent ban is a little bit harsh. I get that the government is trying to set a precedent so others won't be draft dodgers (what we in the USA call them). I say let him back into the country and make him go through the military with a couple of years extra as a penalty. I, as a female soldier in the U.S. military, was not obligated to serve any time but I served three years voluntarily and think that it made me a better person for doing so. Skills learned in the military can be used on the outside for good jobs. This being said, actions have consequences. He should have thought of that before he made the decision he made.

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    NgohiongPuso cmerle1 Sunday, October 2, 2016

    You're a soldier.. you should know that the military law is harsh. Dura lex sed lex!

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    jennkyube cmerle1 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    There is a difference. US is not sharing a border with a country that is technically still at war with them. I can't believe I still have to explain this to someone with military background, but MANDATORY conscription is what it is. Mandatory. And the law sets it like that for a reason. Also, he had multiple chances to set things right in the past. He was allowed to go back once for his father-in-law's funeral. He could've apologized at that time and serve the country with extra time, but he didn't. In 2011, he was asked again about it and he said he has NO plan to ever return to Korea. Only when he's past the conscription age limit did he start to actively begging everyone to allow him into the country again. That one time he made a public plea while crying, and he cursed after that, not realizing that the mic is still on. Permanent ban is harsh? Oh I wish someone like him can be banned from every country in the world. I have no sympathy for this kind of person.

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    NgohiongPuso jennkyube Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    You should have just told this person that Treason is punishable by death. Being banned is a soft punishment.

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