A South Korean man carries a US flag as he leaves a pro-US rally outside the US embassy in Seoul on March 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones
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South Korean police Friday charged the man behind a shocking knife attack on the U.S. ambassador with attempted murder, while investigating his possible links with North Korea.Kim Ki-Jong, 55, also faces a separate charge of violence against a foreign envoy after slashing Mark Lippert with a paring knife in an assault that left the U.S. envoy needing 80 stitches to a deep gash on his face, the Yonhap news agency said.Kim's home and office in western Seoul were searched early Friday, with documents and computer hard drives removed for further examination, police said.As he was moved from the police station to court on Friday, Kim was asked if he had acted on the orders of North Korea.South Korea's Unification Ministry, which is responsible for inter-Korean affairs, said it was appalled by the North's response to the assault.
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