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S. Korea rejects US envoy attacker's denial he intended to kill

Update: March, 09/2015 - 09:00

SEOUL — South Korean police vowed on Monday to press on with attempted murder charges against the man who injured US ambassador Mark Lippert in a knife attack, despite the assailant's denial that he intended to kill.

Doctors said Lippert, 42, was recovering well from Thursday's assault by nationalist activist Kim Ki-jong, which left the envoy requiring surgery to repair deep gashes to his face and hand.

District police chief Yun Myeong-seong said Kim, 55, had revealed under questioning that he had prepared two weapons for the attack – the knife and a razor which he didn't use.

"He said he had... no intention to kill," Yun told reporters.

"But given the deep wounds on the ambassador's face and arms and the fact that Kim chose the kitchen knife instead of a razor, we believe that he clearly had an intention to murder," he added.

Kim, who has a previous conviction for hurling a rock at the then Japanese ambassador in 2010, was formally charged with attempted murder on Friday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Lippert in hospital on Monday after returning from an overseas tour, her spokesman said. — AFP

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