South Korea's President praises the U.S. Ambassador to the country over his handling of a knife attack that put him in hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday (March 9) visited U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert in a hospital in Seoul where he is being treated after a knife attack. The U.S. ambassador needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed at a forum discussing Korean unification in the capital on Thursday (March 5). Lippert underwent surgery on Thursday for an 11-cm (4 inches) gash on the right side of his face and a puncture wound on his left wrist that caused nerve damage but was repaired. The attack was carried out by a Korean nationalist who said he was protesting against annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began last week. "People in both the United States and South Korea were impressed by you dealing with this incident bravely. I believe the relationship between South Korea and the United States became even closer through this incident," Park told Lippert in his hospital room. Park returned home earlier in the day after a four-nation visit to the Middle Eastern region which included Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. After the attack last week, Park had a phone call with Lippert while she was in the Middle East to express her condolences, the South Korean Presidential office said. A hospital official said earlier in the day that Lippert could leave hospital on Tuesday (March 10).