N. Korea hails attack on U.S. envoy to Seoul
SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea hailed a South Korean man's attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul Thursday, saying it was "deserved punishment" for a warmonger such as the United States.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency released the remarks in a dispatch hours after a pro-North Korean activist cut Amb. Mark Lippert on the face and wrist during a breakfast function in downtown Seoul.
The dispatch, titled "Deserved punishment for warmonger United States," said the assailant, Kim Ki-jong, gave a "knife shower of justice" to the envoy in a reflection of South Korean public sentiment that condemns the U.S. for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula through joint military exercises with Seoul.
Kim, who was arrested on the spot, shouted his opposition to the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises that started Monday. The exercises are part of Seoul and Washington's efforts to better deter threats from North Korea.
Lippert was reported to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital.