The US State Department also confirmed that the ambassador’s injuries were not life threatening.
The assailant had reportedly attacked Japan’s ambassador to Seoul in 2010.
The Associated Press quoted the YTN as reporting that during the attack, the 55-year-old assailant shouted “South and North Korea should be reunified.”
According to the state-run BBC, the attacker also voiced his opposition against the US and South Korea’s annual joint military exercises, which started this week.
Nearly 30,000 US troops are permanently stationed in South Korea and the US would assume operational command in the event of an armed conflict with the North. presstv.ir