In response to a knife attack on the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea on Thursday, North Korea called it “just punishment” for the U.S.’s military exercises with the South, according to USA Today.
Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed in the face in Seoul on Thursday morning. The attacker, 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong, reportedly yelled, “South and North Korea should be reunified,” as he charged Lippert with a 10-inch razor blade. Lippert was in stable condition at a Seoul hospital, where he received 80 stitches for a facial cut that was 4 inches long and 1 inch deep. Ki-jong reportedly has a history of violent protests, including a 2010 incident in which he threw cinder blocks at the Japanese Ambassador to South Korea.
Lippert tweeted on Thursday that he was doing well and in good spirits:
Doing well&in great spirits! Robyn, Sejun, Grigsby & I – deeply moved by the support! Will be back ASAP to advance US-ROK alliance! 같이 갑시다!
— Mark Lippert (@mwlippert) March 5, 2015
USA Today also reported that North Korea’s official news agency called the razor blade a “knife of justice,” and said the attack was an “expression of resistance” to U.S. and South Korean cooperation.
The Associated Press was there during the aftermath of the attack. You can watch the video below, via the Associated Press (WARNING: SOME IMAGES MAY BE GRAPHIC):
[Image via screengrab]
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