But the men who chose the route will not be totally free from confinement and face longer than usual service terms.
BTS is facing fierce backlash in China over comments on the Korean War, with top brands distancing themselves from the K-pop group.
Jo Song Gil is one of the most senior North Korean diplomats to defect to South Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011.
The North Korean leader said the latest incident between the two countries "should never have happened".
The incident threatens to stoke tensions between the two longtime foes.
Experts told us that the new summer bop is helping the K-pop superband reach a wider audience during COVID-19.
According to the South Korean National Intelligence Service, there has been a partial authority handover, but Kim Jong Un remains to be the Supreme Leader.
Widespread churches in South Korea wield incredible power, with the number of Christian organizations outnumbering convenience stores in the country.
The flooding exposed how vulnerable the nuclear systems are to extreme weather events.
The hermit kingdom just declared a national emergency and put a city on lockdown. The person suspected of bringing the virus to the country however, might be the bigger story.
Through representatives, the late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon's secretary speaks out: "I hoped to forgive him... and receive a humane apology."