A militant Korean nationalist has slashed the face of the US ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast meeting in Seoul, but the envoy narrowly survived serious injury.
Mark Lippert, 42, was also cut on his left hand, with blood spattered over the breakfast table. Security officers subdued the attacker, one pinning him down with a shoe on his neck, until he was arrested.
North Korea described the attack as “just punishment for US warmongers”.
In a statement on state media, it said the attacker had delivered a “knife shower of justice”.
US Secretary of State John Kerry reacted by saying America would not be “intimidated or deterred by threats or by anybody who harms any American diplomats”.
The attacker, named as Kim Ki-jong, 55, appears to have broken his ankle during the attack and was taken away on an ambulance trolley after questioning.
Mr Lippert had hospital treatment but later wrote in a tweet: “Doing well and in great spirits… Will be back ASAP to advance US-ROK [Republic of Korea] alliance!”
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