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Seoul: Members of K-pop super group BTS will be able to participate in “national” events for the “public good” even while serving in the military, the South Korean defense ministry said Tuesday.

Col. Moon Hong-sik, the ministry’s acting spokesperson, made the remarks a day after Big Hit Music, the band’s agency, said all BTS members will fulfill their military service, starting with the eldest member, Jin.

“Our position is that we will provide an opportunity if they wish to participate when there is a national-level event for the public good or an event designed in light of the national interest,” Yonhap news agency quoted Moon as saying at a regular press briefing.

He added that such an opportunity can be granted to other service members under current regulations.

Earlier this month, Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup told a parliamentary audit that BTS members will be able to join even overseas performances during their military service.

All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to complete around 18 months of military service between ages 18 and 28 under the South Korean Constitution, yonhap said.

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