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RM of BTS to be named honorary ambassador for Korea’s killed in action recovery agency

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그룹 방탄소년단(BTS)의 RM. 김상선 기자
RM from boy band BTS [JOONGANG ILBO]

RM of BTS will be named the honorary ambassador for the Defense Ministry’s Agency for KIA Recovery & Identification on Thursday, his agency BigHit Music told the Korea JoongAng Daily on Wednesday.

The recovery agency, founded in 2000, aims to search and identify soldiers lost in the Korean War.

The agency has so far recovered the remains of 13,121 military personnel killed during the war, including 11,313 Korean soldiers and 32 soldiers under the United Nations Command.

RM, as the honorary ambassador, will help the agency promote its efforts and works.

Previously, Korean War veteran and television presenter Song Hae and professor Seo Kyoung-duk, known for his works promoting Korean culture, served as the honorary ambassadors for the agency.

RM, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, made his official debut as a member of boy band BTS in 2013. RM released his first full-length solo album, “Indigo,” in December 2022.

BY CHO YONG-JUN [cho.yongjun1@joongang.co.kr]