The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is said to be recovering well after being attacked by a Korean nationalist protesting U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Nathan Frandino reports.
New video shows the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea moments after he was slashed in the face. Mark Lippert was at a forum in Seoul to discuss Korean reunification when police say Kim Ki-jong attacked him with a knife. Doctors say Lippert suffered an 11-centimeter gash across his face that required 80 stitches. He also suffered a puncture wound on his wrist, which, his doctors say caused nerve damage that was repaired in surgery. The U.S. Embassy's Robert Ogburn says Lippert is recovering well. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PUBLIC AFFAIRS' MINISTER COUNSELOR FOR THE U.S. EMBASSY, ROBERT OGBURN, SAYING: "The ambassador is awake and in good spirits and he wishes to convey how appreciative he is of the well-wishes from President Park." The assailant, 55-year-old Kim, is being described as a Korean nationalist. Police say the attack was a protest against joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that began this week. It wasn't Kim's first run-in with a foreign dignitary. In 2010, he tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea by throwing a piece of concrete. And across the border in North Korea, the response was not surprising. The official KCNA news agency says the attack is - quote - "deserved punishment for the warmongering United States."