Renunciation of “Nationality” under Fire in S. Korea

Pyongyang, June 5 (KCNA) — The number of those who renounce their “nationality” is on the rapid increase in south Korea, triggering off strong public censure, according to the south Korean MBC and KBS.

The “National Assembly” of south Korea passed the “bill on the revision of the law on nationality” on May 4 which stipulates that “one can have the right to renounce the nationality only after one’s military service” in an effort to “do away with the evasion of military service”.

This caused many young people to renounce their “nationality.”

With the validity of the previous “nationality law” stipulating that one can be exempted from military service when one renounces one’s “nationality” expiring on May 24, the number of the applicants for renouncing their nationality sharply swelled. There was only one case as of May 2 but it increased to 143 cases a week later.

Their number steadily went up to reach at least 1,287 throughout south Korea between May 6 and 23.

A scrutiny into those cases suggests that they are children of the privileged and rich circles.

For example, grandchildren of Kim Jong Phil, former president of the United Liberal Democrats of south Korea, former ministers of National Defence and former ministers of Foreign Affairs have already obtained the nationality of the U.S. and other countries.
The majority of those who renounced their “nationality” are youngsters at the age of 17 and below.

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