Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday reiterated his presidential ambitions, calling for joint efforts to bring together a nation suffering from a slew of economic, security and political challenges.
Upon arriving at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, Ban fell short of officially declaring his presidential bid, but he stressed that he would "be with citizens for a change of politics, not for a change of government."
"I have already said that I am ready to give my all (for the country) and my determination remains unchanged," he told a cheering crowd of citizens at the airport.
Ban, whose second five-year term as the U.N. helmsman ended at the end of last year, has been long bandied about as a formidable presidential candidate, with various recent opinion polls putting him in second place slightly behind Rep. Moon Jae-in, a former leader of the main opposition Democratic Party.
He said he had done "nothing that brings me shame," denying graft allegations. (Yonhap)