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South Korean ambassador, a Cincinnati native, says he is "doing well" after stabbing

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U.S. Embassy, Seoul, South Korea
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Mark Lippert, the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and a Cincinnati native, tweeted out this morning that he is "doing well" after being slashed on the right cheek by a blade-wielding man at an event this morning in Seoul.

NPR reported a State Department spokesperson saying that Lippert, a native of Mariemont, was in a hospital in Seoul and that his wound was not life-threatening.

Lippert was speaking at a breakfast conference in South Korea's capital.

South Korean television reported that the 55-year-old man who attacked Lippert, screamed "South and North Korea should be unified." The man was arrested by police. The two Koreas have been divided for over 60 years.

Lippert, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, was named ambassador last year. He had been a foreign policy aide to Barack Obama both in the Senate and the White House. He also held the title of Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs in the Obama administration.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.