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US envoy leaves hospital after knife attack

The US ambassador to South Korea has left hospital five days after being slashed in the face.

Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist with a history of violent protest, causing wounds that required 80 stitches to his face.

US envoy Mark Lippert waves as he leaves hospital Credit: reuters

The suspect, identified as Kim Ki-jong, 55, had been seen wearing traditional Korean clothing and shouting that North and South Korea should be reunited, police said.

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US refuses to speculate on motive behind envoy attack

Bloodstains remain near the scene the US Ambassador was attacked. Credit: Reuters

The motive behind the knife attack on the US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is still unknown, the US State Department has said, refusing to be drawn into "speculation" about the incident.

Mr Lippert underwent facial surgery after he was slashed across the face by a Korean nationalist in Seoul.

"We cannot speculate on a motive at this time," US officials said in a statement.

However, South Korean police have said that the attacker screamed "South and North Korea should be reunified" as he assaulted Lippert.

Man who slashed US envoy: 'Korea should be unified'

South Koreans hold up messages of support to the US Envoy outside the Embassy. Credit: Reuters

The man who slashed the US Ambassador to South Korea on the face and wrist with a ten inch knife called for the two rival Koreas to be unified, police have said.

The man, who South Korean police identified as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong - screamed during the attack on Mark Lippert: "South and North Korea should be reunified."

The Associated Press reports that one witness, Ahn Yang-ok, the head of the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations, told Korean TV that Mr Lippert had just been seated for breakfast ahead of the lecture organised by the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation when a man ran toward the ambassador from a nearby table.

A separate witness also said that as Mr Lippert stood up for a handshake, the suspect wrestled the ambassador to the ground and slashed him with a knife.

US envoy needed surgery after being slashed in face

Mark Lippert is held up after the attack. Credit: RTV

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert needed surgery after being slashed in the face and arm with a fruit knife at a breakfast event in Seoul.

Lippert's injuries are not life threatening and he tweeted he was "doing well" but he is expected to remain in hospital for a few days.

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US envoy 'doing well' after slash attack in South Korea

The US ambassador to South Korea has said he is "doing well and in great spirits" after being slashed in the face during an event in Seoul.

Mark Lippert was pictured bleeding heavily following the attack by 'pro-North Korea' activist Kim Ki-Jong, who was arrested immediately afterwards.

But Lippert later tweeted:

US envoy slashed with blade in South Korea attack

The US ambassador to South Korea was left bleeding heavily after being slashed in the face by an attacker during an event in the country's capital.

Mark Lippert was seen bleeding from the face after the attack. Credit: Yonhap/Reuters

Mark Lippert, 42, was seen walking out of the Seoul breakfast forum as he was taken to hospital, where he was later reported to be in a stable condition and not suffering life threatening injuries.

The suspect, identified as Kim Ki-jong, 55, had been seen wearing traditional Korean clothing and shouting that North and South Korea should be reunited, police said.

The table at which Lippert was placed at the time of the attack. Credit: Reuters

He was also said to have shouted that he opposed war exercises, in what appears to be a reference to yearly joint US-South Korean military exercises that began this week.

The White House said it strongly condemned the attack, and said President Barack Obama had called Lippert to tell him that he and his wife were "in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him a speedy recovery".

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