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Not the Best Day in the Life of Richard Armitage

Alex Constantine - May 12, 2008

It was seven Mays past ...

LA Times

SEOUL--South Korean protesters on Thursday threw raw eggs at Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as he was driven from his hotel for a round of meetings with South Korean cabinet ministers.

At least six activists were arrested after pelting Armitage's car with eggs as he was driving out of the Grand Hyatt Hotel following breakfast in the hotel's coffee shop, witnesses said.

"We're not happy with his coming to Korea," said the Reverend Mun Jeong-hyun, a leader of a group that objects to U.S. plans for a global missile defense system.

"He's trying to force Korea to accept the missile defense," Mun said.

About 30 people protested as Armitage entered South Korea's Defense Ministry for talks with Defense Minister Kim Dong-shin.

Witnesses said protesters tussled with riot police as Armitage entered the gates of the ministry.

Wednesday, Armitage delivered a letter from President Bush to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, which outlined Washington's strategic framework "including non-proliferation, counter-proliferation and missile defense."

Armitage is scheduled to meet South Korean Unification Minister Lim Dong-won at 10 p.m. EDT.

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