20 May 2022, 20:14

Biden security staffer investigated in S.Korea for assualt: police

SEOUL, May 20, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - A member of the US President Joe Biden's

security team is being investigated in Seoul for "drunkenly assaulting" a
South Korean citizen, Seoul police said Friday.

The suspect, who works for the US Department of Homeland security, is accused
of physically attacking a South Korean citizen while drunk on the day before
the president arrived, an officer at Seoul's Yongsan district police told

The American man in his 30s and the alleged victim got into a fight over a
taxi in front of the Grand Hyatt hotel, where Biden is believed to be staying
during his visit to South Korea.

"The incident took place in the very early hours of Thursday and he was
formally investigated today," the officer said.

The alleged victim did not suffer any major injuries, he added.

Biden arrived in South Korea Friday on his first Asia trip as US leader,
aiming to cement ties with regional security allies despite growing fears of
a North Korean nuclear test.

Seoul is a close security ally of Washington, and the US stations around
28,500 troops in South Korea to help defend the country against the nuclear-
armed North.

Biden will head to Japan from South Korea on Sunday.