Mark Lippert, the United States Ambassador to South Korea was attacked Thursday morning, Korean time, and was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
South Korea’s Yonhap news Agency reported that Lippert was attacked with a knife while entering a lecture hall where he was supposed to address the audience in attendance.
“We can confirm that U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted this morning in Seoul while giving a speech. He is being treated at a local hospital. His injuries are not life threatening. Embassy Seoul is coordinating with local law enforcement authorities. We do not have any additional details to share at this time,” said the State Department in a statement released following the attack.
A 55 year-old Korean man is accused in the attack. He was apprehended immediately after the assault by authorities and allegedly shouted comments against the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises which started on Monday.
The exercises are an annual show of military co-operation between the United States and South Korea aimed at deterring North Korea. Just three days ago North Korea launched short range ballistic missiles to show their displeasure at the exercises, which is apparently shared with some south of the de-militarized zone (DMZ).[Yonhap News Agency] [NBC News] [Photo: Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap/AP Photo]