Bizarre protest against Key in Seoul

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Last updated 16:12 27/07/2013

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Prime Minister John Key appears to have been the target of a bizarre protest in Seoul, with a man attempting to break into a ceremony to commemorate the end of the Korean War.

Sources said the man's vehicle was adorned with pictures of Key, although Korean officials have reportedly said it only had Key's name written on it.

The jeep crashed into a van outside the ceremony, which took place at the National War Memorial in Seoul, and did not make it inside.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said he was aware of the incident, but had no detail, including when it took place.

"We're doing a (press conference) at 3pm (6pm New Zealand time) ... The PM will address it then but he won't have much to say about it. You should address most of your queries to the police," the spokeswoman said.

Earlier Key spoke on behalf of nations which supplied troops to assist South Korea during the Korean War. It is believed he had left the scene some time before the protest, along with Korean President Park Geun-hye.

The man's jeep is said to have had no Korean images on it, suggesting his protest was directed at the New Zealand Embassy.

Security for the event was tight, with cellphone coverage blocked as soon as President Park arrived.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that it was aware the incident took place but declined to further comment.

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- Fairfax Media

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