According to reports, 55 year old assailant Kim Ki-jong attacked the ambassador who was scheduled to speak, and shook the U.S. official up pretty badly as Kim slashed Rippert’s right cheek and left wrist. Prior to the incident occurring, witnesses heard someone yell out, ‘North Korea and South Korea should be unified’ and ‘No to war training!’ Presumably this was attacker Kim, who is reportedly said to be apart of the Pro-Korean Reunification Group, who actually hosted the breakfast.
The attacker slashed the ambassador on the right cheek, left wrist and other parts of his body, but State Department says the injuries are non-life-threatening and that he is in stable condition after undergoing minor surgeries at a nearby hospital.
A 55-year-old 'pro-North Korea activist' name Kim Ki-jong, believed to be the attacker was however arrested immediately after the attack.
South Korean Prime Minister, Lee Wan-koo, after the attack said, 'It is regrettable that an incident like this took place