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A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of US Ambassador to Seoul Mark Lippert, during a rally in Seoul on March 6, 2015. South Korea has reacted with shock and a little shame to a violent knife attack on Lippert that jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

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A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of Mark Lippert, US Ambassador to Seoul, during a rally in Seoul. South Korea has reacted with shock after Mr Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant. The attack has jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church's mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church. 

South Korean army soldiers move during their military exercise near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2015. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion

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South Korean army soldiers move during their military exercise near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills

A couple wearing masks ride bicycles as the city is covered with a thick haze caused by yellow dust in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The Seoul metropolitan government issued a dust warning, urging people to stay indoors. ( AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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A couple on bicycles in Seoul, South Korea, wear masks as the city is covered with thick haze caused by yellow dust. The Seoul metropolitan government issued a dust warning, urging people to stay indoors. 

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs short program in the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs short programme in the ISU Four Continents figure skating championships in Seoul, South Korea

South Korean firefighters wearing protective gear take care of  a mock victim during an exercise against a possible terrorist attack in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean firefighters wearing protective gear take care of a mock victim during an exercise against a possible terrorist attack in Seoul, South Korea.

A South Korean police SWAT team members move into a building during an anti-terror drill in Seoul.

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A South Korean police SWAT team moves towards a building during an anti-terror drill in Seoul.

Inside A Hyundai Motor Co. Factory Ahead Of 4Q Earnings Results...Hyundai Motor Co. vehicles sit parked at a delivery center at the company's factory in this aerial photograph taken in Asan, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Hyundai, South Korea's largest automaker, is scheduled to announce fourth-quarter earnings on Jan. 22. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

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Hyundai Motor Co. vehicles sit parked at a delivery center at the company’s factory in this aerial photograph taken in Asan, South Korea. Hyundai, South Korea’s largest automaker, is scheduled to announce fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday. 

n a photo taken on January 15,...TOPSHOTS In a photo taken on January 15, 2015 a skateboarder passes alongside the Han river at dusk in Seoul. South Korea's central bank slashed its 2015 economic growth forecast and kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low amid growing concerns of deflation. AFP PHOTO / Ed JonesED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

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A skateboarder passes alongside the Han river at dusk in Seoul. South Korea‘s central bank slashed its 2015 economic growth forecast and kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low amid growing concerns of deflation. 

Shirtless members of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces hurl snow during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang January 8, 2015. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said there was 'no reason' not to hold a high-level summit with neighbouring South Korea, speaking in a New Year's address broadcast by state media last Thursday.

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Shirtless members of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces hurl snow during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang on Thursday

Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, arrives for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea. The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. apologised for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed "nut rage."

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Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, arrives for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea. The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. apologised for the behaviour of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed “nut rage.”

A South Korean soldier bows during a fourth anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by North Korea in 2010.

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A South Korean soldier bows during a fourth anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by North Korea in 2010.

South Korean marines participate in an annual Amphibious Operations (AMPHOPS) maneuver during the 'Hoguk' exercise, in Pohang, some 360 kilometers southeast of Seoul, South Korea, 18 November 2014. The military exercise, aimed at preparing the country's armed forces for a possible attack from North Korea, gathers troops from South Korea's Navy and Marines Corps and reportedly runs until 21 November.

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South Korean marines participate in the annual ‘Hoguk’ exercise, in Pohang, some 360km southeast of Seoul. The military exercise aims to prepare the country’s armed forces for a possible attack from North Korea

South Korea's Kim Yeongnam competes in the Men's 1m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon October 1, 2014.

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South Korea’s Kim Yeongnam competes in the Men’s 1m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

South Korean army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, South Korea,

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South Korean army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters, South Korea 

Soldiers demonstrate breaking boards at an event in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in Gyeryong City, South Chungcheong Province, on Sept. 29, 2014, ahead of the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the country's military, which falls on Oct. 1.

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Soldiers demonstrate breaking boards at an event in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in Gyeryong City, South Chungcheong Province, on Monday, ahead of the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the country’s military, which falls on Oct. 1.

South Korean Marine Corps' amphibious vehicles take part in a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of Incheon Landing Operations conducted by the U.S.-led United Nations troop during the 1950-1953 Korean War, in the sea off Incheon, September 15, 2014.

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South Korean Marine Corps’ amphibious vehicles take part in a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of Incheon Landing Operations conducted by the U.S.-led United Nations troop during the 1950-1953 Korean War, in the sea off Incheon

South Korean special police officers descend the stairs from subway station during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian or UFG in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean special police officers enter a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual joint military operation between South Korea and the US

A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for his arrival for the Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup stadium in Daejeon August 15, 2014. Pope Francis on Friday commemorated the more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April, and called on South Koreans, among Asia's richest people, to beware of the spiritual "cancer" that often accompanies affluent societies.

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A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for holy mass at a stadium at Daejeon, South Korea, on Friday. The Pope commemorated more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.

Pope Francis arrives to attend a welcomi...Pope Francis arrives to attend a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on August 14, 2014. Pope Francis arrived in Seoul looking to fuel a new era of Catholic growth in Asia -- a mission fraught with complex political challenges but huge potential rewards. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kim Hong-JiKim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea