Activist slashes US envoy to South Korea

A militant Korean nationalist has slashed the face of the US ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast meeting in Seoul, but the envoy was not seriously hurt, the BBC reports.

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 has described the attack as “just punishment for US warmongers”.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said he had delivered a “knife shower of justice”.

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.

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