A man smashed a vehicle into the front gate of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul Thursday, multiple reports revealed.
The man was not intoxicated, South Korean police told ABC News, but an investigation is underway. The 48-year-old driver, who claimed to be a government employee, reportedly told police he was trying to gain access to the embassy because he has “stories related to North Korea” and wants to “seek asylum in the United States,” according to Yonhap TV.
The man, surnamed Yoon, reportedly stumbled out of the car yelling “help me” repeatedly, the Daily Mail revealed, postulating that the driver might have been a North Korean defector. Other outlets, however, are reporting that he claimed to work for the Ministry of Gender and Family.
Car rammed into US Embassy in Seoul. The driver, a South Korean who works at Ministry of Gender and Family, told police he was seeking asylum b/c of his issues concerning North Korea. pic.twitter.com/CwuRF3h9yt
— Min Joo Kim (@Min_Joo_Kim_) June 7, 2018
There was a woman in the car, and she has been taken to the hospital for further treatment. (RELATED: North Korean Soldier Braves Barrage Of Bullets At DMZ To Escape Into The South)
The relevant personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul were not available to provide comment to The Daily Caller News Foundation at the time of publication.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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