Friday, March 06, 2015

Blog 4: Suspect in attack on U.S. ambassador studied for possible North Korea ties

A man that was opposed to joint South Korean-U.S. military drills attacked the American ambassador in Seoul, slashing his face and arm as he was about to give a speech Thursday morning.  North Korea quickly called the stabbing a knife attack of justice, and said that the attack was just part of "anti-U.S. sentiment" in South Korea. Police have arrested Kim Ki-Jong for his role in the stabbing. In 2010, Kim received a suspended two-year prison sentence for throwing a piece of concrete at a Japanese ambassador to South Korea. North Korean officials  believers the attack was done for a lot of the USA's warmongers, however, South Korean officials have not taken this attack lightly. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the attack wasn't just a physical attack on the U.S. ambassador, it was an attack on the  South Korea-U.S. alliance and it can never be tolerated. Lippert was attacked while attending a event hosted by the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, which is an organization whose main purpose is to unify the Koreans together. Lippert was sent to the hospital in critical condition, before he had to get 2 hours of surgery done, and 80 stitches put into his face.Lippert also suffered 5 gashes in his arm and hand, but these injuries weren't as serious. Videos have also shown that Jong had visited North Korea seven times between 1999 and 2007, which leads to the possibility that North Korea could have been behind the attack as well.

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