N. Korea Hails 'Knife Shower of Justice' on Ambassador

State says attack on Mark Lippert was 'deserved punishment for warmonger US'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2015 11:44 AM CST
Injured US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, center, gets into a car to leave for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2015.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Ju-Sung)

(Newser) – North Korea doesn't usually go out of its way to congratulate anyone from South Korea on anything, but today it praised the pro-North activist who allegedly attacked US Ambassador Mark Lippert with a knife yesterday, Yonhap reports. The dispatch from the state's Korean Central News Agency sent out this morning started with a heading of "Deserved punishment for warmonger United States" and veered from there into applause for 55-year-old suspect Kim Ki-jong, who the dispatch said rained a "knife shower of justice" onto Lippert.

One of Kim's apparent major beefs: the US conducting joint military exercises in Seoul and "raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula," as Yonhap puts it. Meanwhile, Lippert tweeted today that he's "Doing well&in great spirits!" (North Korea is definitely keeping it weird.)

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