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Yoo Seung Joon says becoming a U.S. citizen was a decision, not a betrayal

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Yoo Seung Joon, who has been banned from entering South Korea for acquiring U.S. citizenship in order to evade military service 15 years ago, gave another interview defending his decision. 


In an interview with Sports Chosun on October 14, Yoo Seung Joon expressed his desire to enter Korea with his 2 sons. 


He stated, "I want to unlock this chain and become someone beneficial to the society...I did not get a U.S. citizenship to avoid military service." 


Yoo Seung Joon added, "After consulting with my parents and family, I got naturalized...I chose the U.S., but that was a 'decision' not a 'betrayal.'" 


He continued, "I understand that people hate me for not keeping my promise of going to the military, and I left Korea with a special travel visa and returned with a U.S. citizenship...but I am the only one who was completely banned from entering the country." 


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He confessed, "I think it is cruel to single me out and just ban me from permanently entering Korea...My children are also ethnically Korean...I want to be able to go to Korea with them." 


Yoo Seung Joon concluded, "What I want isn't my citizenship restored but just being able to enter the country legally...I will continue to live with a repentant heart." 




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    atlkpopfan Monday, October 17, 2016

    I understand why people are upset, but I think banning him for all these years is extreme and excessive.  Especially because it seems he's the only one that received this type of harsh punishment.  If this was the punishment no matter who you are, then yeah I'd get it.  But to just ban him alone while others have made the same decision without being banned, it seems unfair and like an abuse of power.

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    Queen2Skully Saturday, October 15, 2016

    So what about these idols who have dual-citizenship and never went to service? A lot do that's why they don't have to go to the Military? Most refuse to give up dual citizenship so they can avoid service shouldn't they be banned and sent back? Got7 members Jackson & Bambam can't go into the service because of dual citizenship. Idols are GIVEN a choice to give up dual-citizenship to serve and many don't so I guess it's okay to not serve  as long as your precious Oppas stay around

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    chaelicen Queen2Skully Sunday, October 16, 2016

    lmao it's because they're originally not korean citizens in the first place while this guy was. at the age and time when he should've been serving, he applied for a special visa, PROMISING the government and his country (he was a poster child, a singer or something like that) to come back and earned lots of money. however, he instead got a citizenship.

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    chaelicen Queen2Skully Sunday, October 16, 2016

    not to mention giving up dual citizenship for foreign idols would mean giving up citizenship for their country of birth. so they would be considered traitors and people who just want money from their country.

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    norimixtoo Monday, October 17, 2016

    Bambam and jackson can't have korean citizenship because they aren't korean in the first place. They are living on korea with work visas not citizenship.

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    bakanishela Saturday, October 15, 2016

    So he chose to be a US citizens than serve his country? STOP WHINING!!!! He knows he had to serve his country, why made the decision at the same time?? I don't feel sorry for him!!!! I'm pretty sure he knows better than anybody that U CANT BE a US CITIZEN & S.Korean citizen to serve both countries!!!

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