In March of 2015, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding Korean-nationalist. The saga drew to a close today, with 55 year old Kim Ki-Jong receiving a 12 year prison sentence.
From Washington Post:
Kim Ki-jong, apparently a North Korean sympathizer, attacked the U.S. ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast forum in central Seoul in March last year, while joint U.S.-South Korean military drills were taking place. “No war! The two Koreas should be unified,” Kim, now 56, reportedly shouted.
Lippert needed more than 80 stitches in his face, arm and leg, and he still has a visible scar on his cheek.
“Kim, in order to widely publicize his views on wanting to halt the South Korea-U. S. military drills, committed a very serious crime by targeting the U.S. ambassador and attacking him with a knife,” South Korea’s Supreme Court said in its sentencing ruling.The magnitude of the attack and size of the knife — it was almost 10 inches long — left no doubt that Kim intended to kill Lippert, the court said, according to local media reports. They also noted that Kim showed no repentance for the crime.