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N. Korea Praises U.S. Diplomat Slashing

North Korea described the knife attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert as “just punishment” for joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. North Korea’s news agency called the attack a valid “expression of resistance” and even referred to the blade that political extremist Kim Ki-jong used as the “knife of justice.” Kim attacked Lippert during an event in Seoul on Thursday. Lippert was left with a 4-inch gash on his face and received 80 stitches during more than two hours of surgery.