US defends security procedures after envoy attack in S. Korea

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (C) covers a wound to his face and arm after being attacked at the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015The United States said Friday it coordinated with South Korea to boost security for its ambassador after he was attacked in Seoul, but defended procedures that had left him with a single bodyguard. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition and expected to stay in hospital until next Tuesday or Wednesday after an “incredibly serious” assault by a knife-wielding man, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The envoy was “in good spirits,” had spoken to US President Barack Obama and was eager to return to his duties “as soon as he can,” Harf added.

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