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."
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."