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K-pop group BTS members face possible military conscription

SEOUL (AP) – South Korea’s military appears to want to conscript members of the K-pop group BTS for mandatory military duties, as the public remains sharply divided over whether they should be given exemptions.

Commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration Lee Ki Sik told lawmakers on Friday that it’s “desirable” for BTS members to fulfil their military duties to ensure fairness in the country’s military service.

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup made almost identical comments about BTS at a Parliamentary committee meeting, and Culture Minister Park Bo Gyoon said his ministry would soon finalise its position on the issue.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin


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