United States Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a man with a razor blade in Seoul on Wednesday. Lippert’s injuries were not life threatening, but he was seen bleeding from the head and hand.
According to the BBC, the attacker, whose name has not been officially released, yelled, “South and North Korea should be reunified!” He then attacked Lippert, cutting his right cheek and left hand.
Lippert, 42, was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said that the suspect was in custody and was being questioned. However, they did not have specific details and have not confirmed the weapon as a razor blade.
Former Assistant Director of the FBI told CNN, “I can’t imagine that this is a hired assassin.”
The White House also released a statement. “The President called U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mark Lippert, to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery,” said a White House spokesperson.
The U.S. State Department added, “We strongly condemn this act of violence.”
Lippert has only been the ambassador since 2014. According to The Blaze, he was the U.S. Assistant Secretary Defense for Asian Affairs before becoming Ambassador to South Korea.