Officials say U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert could leave hospital soon after a knife attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A hospital official said on Monday (March 9) that U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, who needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed during a forum last week, could leave hospital on Tuesday (March 10). A 55-year-old Korean nationalist, Kim Ki-jong, is under arrest accused of carrying out the attack which he sais was a protest against annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began this week. Lippert underwent surgery on Thursday (March 5) for an 11-cm (4 inches) gash on the right side of his face and a puncture wound on his left wrist that caused nerve damage, which was repaired. He has been receiving visitors while he has been recovering in hospital. On Sunday (March 8), still photographs provided by Severance Hospital showed various meetings between Lippert and Vice Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff James A. Winnefeld, South Korean leaders of rival parties including chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, Kim Moo-sung, and the Head of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) Moon Jae-in.