The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked by a Korean nationalist militant Thursday morning in Seoul. His attacker denounced the military alliance between his country and the United States.

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert , a speech Thursday morning in Seoul, when he was attacked by an armed militant nationalist with a knife. Wounded in the cheek and wrist, it was quickly taken to hospital. Washington and Seoul and strongly condemned the attack.

Life of the American ambassador, 42, is “not in danger,” according to American diplomacy. According to hospital sources cited by CNN, it should remain hospitalized for three to four days. His next cut on the cheek required 80 stitches, adds the American chain.

The assailant attacked Mark Lippert while participating in a meeting over breakfast at the Sejong Cultural Institute in central Seoul. He was armed with a kitchen knife about 25 centimeters, according to police. And not a razor blade, as indicated earlier the YTN news channel quoted police sources and witnesses.

“This man suddenly emerged from the public when breakfast started. People have tried to stop but everything happened very quickly,” testified Kim Young-man, a spokesman of the Korean Council for reconciliation and cooperation, which organized the event.

Members of the security services and police rushed to the assailant, wearing traditional Korean clothes and launched, according to media reports, a slogan against the war when it attacked the diplomat. “No to military maneuvers” carried out by his country and the United States, would he shouted.
The assailant was taken into custody

Police identified the suspect as Kim Ki-Jong, a militant nationalist opposition to the military alliance between his country and the United States. The 55 year old man has been convicted for throwing a stone at the Japanese ambassador in Seoul in 2010 . He “was taken into custody and we try to understand the motive of the attack,” said the head of the local police in charge of the investigation, Yoon Myung-Soon.

The man leading a national movement organizing regular demonstrations against the territorial claims of Japan on a group of islands controlled by South Korea . He writes a blog in which he expressed his opposition to this week military exercise between South Korea and the United States that have just started, saying that they make impossible the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue.

An attack “against the alliance between South Korea and the United States”
The South Korean president has denounced an attack on the military alliance between South Korea and the United States. “These facts are intolerable because it is not just a physical assault against the ambassador but Lippert (an attack) against the alliance between South Korea and the United States,” said Park Geun -Hye in a statement.
She had herself been the victim of an attack with knives in 2006 during an election campaign. Her attacker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder. The magazine Time is also the parallel between the two attacks.

Be close to Barack Obama, Mark Lippert, then stationed in October, received support from the US President and Secretary of State John Kerry. President Barack Obama called the ambassador wishing him a “speedy recovery,” said Bernadette Meehan, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC), while the State Department has “strongly condemned” one ” act of violence. ”