Face Of US Ambassador Slashed In South Korea

March 5th, 2015 by James

South Korean police and U.S. officials have announced that U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife. The man was screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea.

Face Of US Ambassador Slashed In South Korea

A stunned-looking Lippert was seen in media images as examining his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splattered with blood. The attack, which happened at a performing arts center in downtown Seoul, was condemned by the U.S. State Department. The ambassador was preparing for a lecture about prospects for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Lippert was in stable condition after surgery at a Seoul hospital and his injuries weren’t life threatening, said the U.S. State Department.

Kim Young-man, spokesman for the group hosting the breakfast, the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, said the knife-wielding man ran screaming up to Lippert as soup was being served for the breakfast meeting and began slashing.

The suspect also shouted anti-war slogans after he was detained. In 2010, the suspect threw a piece of concrete at the Japanese ambassador in Seoul. The accused, Kim Ki-jong, was later sentenced to a three-year suspended prison term over the attack. In October 2007, Kim also reportedly tried to set himself on fire with gasoline while protesting in front of the presidential Blue House.

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