Suspect who threatened to burn down mission in Seoul arrested

Suspect who threatened to burn down mission in Seoul arrested

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday confirmed that police authorities in South Korea are currently investigating a suspect who threatened to set fire to Taiwan's representative office in the East Asian country.

MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao yesterday told The China Post that the Taipei mission in South Korea has been in close contact with police in Seoul to probe the threat.

"The office has asked local police forces to beef up its patrols in the vicinity of the representative office. The office itself has also tightened its security measures," she noted.

Kao made the remarks when asked to confirm a Central News Agency article published yesterday that gave details of the threat.

Citing a Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency report, CNA said Korean police arrested a suspect on Thursday evening who threatened to set fire to the Taipei representative office.

The police said the 52-year-old suspect, surnamed Lee, had twice called an emergency hotline and told police that he would set fire to the Taipei mission in South Korea on Thursday.

Police immediately launched a thorough search in the vicinity of the Taipei office but found no explosives or dangerous devices.

Lee was later arrested when he attempted to break into the Chinese Embassy in South Korea later Thursday.

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