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S. Korea indicts US envoy attacker for attempted murder

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves after a meeting with South Korean officials at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on March 17, 2015South Korean prosecutors formally charged the man who injured US ambassador Mark Lippert in a knife attack with attempted murder on Wednesday, despite his denials of any intention to kill. Lippert, 42, suffered deep gashes to his cheek and hand when he was assaulted by knife-wielding nationalist Kim Ki-Jong at a breakfast function in central Seoul last month. The prosecutors’ office in Seoul said Kim, 55, was charged with attempted murder, violence against a foreign envoy and obstruction of duty. Kim has told investigators the ambassador was the “symbolic” target of his opposition to annual US-South Korea joint military exercises, which he blames for blocking dialogue with North Korea.

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