South Korea Police Investigate U.S. Ambassador Attacker’s Visit To North

South Korea Police Investigate U.S. Ambassador Attacker’s Visit To North

On Friday, police in South Korea said that they are currently conducting investigations on whether or not the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul had something to do with the numerous trips that the assailant has been taking to North Korea adding that the assailant will be facing charges of attempted murder.

On Thursday, Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to Seoul required 80 stitches after his face was slashed by a Korean nationalist, who claims to have been protesting against South Korea’s annual military exercise which it conducts in partnership with the U.S., during a forum that was discussing Korean Unification in the country’s capital city, Seoul.

A formal detention warrant has already been requested by the police for the assailant, 55 year old Kim Ki-Jong, on charges which include attempted murder, a senior official of the team that is conducting the investigation said.

The team is currently pursuing a relation between the attack and the trips which Ki-Jong has been taking to North Korea which has been established as 7 between the years 1999 and 2007.

"We are investigating whether there is any connection between the suspect's visits to North Korea and the crime committed against the U.S. ambassador," said Yoon Myeong-seong, a police chief in Jongno district.

The visit by Kim to North Korea is currently being investigated by police given that most South Koreans have never stepped foot in North Korea. South and North Korea have been on edge ever since the two countries agreed to a truce that ended a Korean war that lasted for three years that is from 1950 to 1953.

When asked on whether or not the attacks were in any way connected to North Korea, Kim called such suggestions as “nonsense.”
 

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