UPDATE: Amb. Lippert in stable condition after attack

Amb Mark LippertBy The Iowa Statesman


U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was injured Thursday in an attack by a razor-wielding assailant who said he was against the ongoing military drills between the two countries. According to reports from South Korea, Lippert, 42, is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, the male suspect, identified as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong, cut Lippert’s face and wrist with a razor blade around 7:40 a.m., as the envoy was preparing for a lecture at a venue in downtown Seoul, police said. Lippert, bleeding, was rushed to a nearby hospital, police said, adding Kim was arrested immediately.

Witnesses said Kim, coming from behind, pushed Lippert onto the table and started assaulting him. It is the first time a U.S. ambassador has been assaulted in South Korea.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, there has been public outrage building in South Korea after a member of the Obama Administration made a speech seen as a swipe at that nation’s policies toward North Korea and Japan. Kim reportedly shouted he wanted the two Koreas to be reunified.