U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert hospitalized after being attacked by razor-blade wielding man during lecture
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The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea has been hospitalized after a razor-wielding man attacked him during a lecture Thursday morning in Seoul.
Korean media reports that someone yelled 'North Korea and South Korea should be unified' before a bloodied Ambassador Mark Lippert was seen leaving the talk at the Sejong Center.
His injuries are non-life threatening and he is said to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
YTN TV showed a picture of Lippert bleeding from his right cheek and wrist after the 7:40am attack.
CNN reports that someone shouted 'North Korea and South Korea should be unified' before the ambassador was seen being escorted out of the lecture. However, the State Department says they still don't know the motive of the attack
A 55-year-old man identified only by his common Korean last name of Kim (seen above) was arrested after the attack
A 55-year-old man only identified by his surname, Kim, was arrested after the attack. Pictures of the suspect show him wrestled to the ground.
Police say the man was opposed to the the annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises which started Monday.
It appears this isn't the first time Kim has attacked a foreign official.
Yonhap reports that Kim was sentenced to two years in prison in July 2010 for throwing a piece of concrete at the Japanese ambassador.
Lippert, 42, became ambassador last year and has been mostly popular during his time in Seoul. His wife gave birth here and the couple gave their son a Korean middle name.
Lippert was formerly the U.S. Assistant Secretary Defense for Asian affairs.
Calls to to the Embassy and police weren't immediately returned on Thursday.
Lippert has been the Ambassador to South Korea for a year. Pictured above with former South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won above. Current Prime Minister Wan-koo assumed office last month