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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".

North Korea 'not ruled out' of nuclear plant hack

South Korea has not ruled out the involvement of North Korea in a cyber-attack on the country's nuclear power plant operator and has requested the United States to help in investigations, an official involved in the proceedings said.

According to Reuters, the official at the joint investigation department of the Seoul prosecutors' office said the hacking bore some similarities to previous cyber-attacks in which North Korea has been involved.

We cannot rule out or confirm North Korea's involvement now, given the similiarity of malignant codes patterns, and its verification will take some time.

We don't (rule out North Korea's involvement). However, we cannot confirm it either.

– North Korean official

Former airline boss facing prosecution over nuts row

A former vice president of Korean Air Lines is facing formal prosecution after she forced a plane to stop taxiing and return to the gate because she was unhappy about how she was served her nuts.

Heather Cho is the daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang Ho Credit: Reuters

South Korea's transport ministry confirmed it was reporting the incident to prosecutors for possible legal charges, saying an investigation had confirmed Heather Cho - the daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang Ho - was engaged in "abusive behaviour" towards flight attendants.

She delayed the plane and kicked off a steward at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, which officials say may have broken aviation law. Cho resigned last week over the allegations.


South Korea prosecutors to appeal ferry crew decision

A South Korean prosecutor said his team would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew of a capsized ferry who were given prison terms ranging from five to 36 years.

The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide but was found guilty of negligence by family members of the victims, many of whom were teenage children on a school trip. He was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the captain for homicide.

36 years in jail for South Korea ferry captain

A South Korean court has found the captain of a ferry that capsized in April guilty of negligence and sentenced him to 36 years in jail.

Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-seok was sentenced to 36 years in jail. Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.

The court also convicted the ship's chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured fellow crew members and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

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