Recently, it was reported by Ilgan Sports that singer Yoo Seung Jun (born 1976) will be able to return to Korea early this year, but the Military Manpower Administration says it has no plans to approve the lift of his ban.
According to Soompi, It has been 12 years since Yoo Seung Jun left Korea due after he tried to avoid mandatory military service. He was subsequently banend from entering Korea.
According to Ilgan Sports, one of Yoo Seung Jun’s closest advisors said, “The prohibition of entry into Korea against Yoo Seung Jun will be lifted this month. Through help from his current agency in China, he is planning to make a comeback within the first half of this year.
The Military Manpower Administration stated, “As someone who breached military service law and obtained U.S. citizenship, he cannot be the object of reconsideration. It is something that absolutely cannot be approved.
"There has been no change from our original stance. We have never relayed an official statement to the media about Yoo Seung Jun’s ban lift. Since he breached military service law, he cannot be the subject of reconsideration until 40 years of age. We don’t have any plans to lift his prohibition of entry.
Yoo Seung Jun impressed many when he declared, “I will enlist in the army and fulfill my duty as a man of the Republic of Korea.” In 2001, he received class-four physical disability after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc. Even then, he stood firm in his position saying,
“I will serve time as a public service worker.” However, three months before his enlistment, Yoo Seung Jun returned to the U.S. obtaining his U.S. citizenship. The public felt betrayed, and their fury did not settle down. In May of 2006, he was allowed temporary entry in to Korea to attend a funeral.
At the scene of his entry, a man dressed in military uniform threw eggs at him, and the criticism continued.