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UN Chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed Guterres nomination

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed Guterres nominationUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday approved the likely nomination of Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, as his successor.

"I know Guterres very well and consider it a super choice," Ban told reporters in Rome after a meeting with the Italian president.

"His experience as Portuguese prime minister, his wide knowledge of world affairs, and his lively intellect will serve him well in leading the United Nations in a crucial period," Ban said.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to formally nominate Guterres later on Thursday.

Concerning the further faith of Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil said he will run for South Korean president next year.

"I think Ban has clearly made up his mind," the Korea Times quoted Kim Jong-pil, an iconic conservative politician.

Kim, however, declined to comment further on the background of the remark. Kim met Ban personally during the UN head's visit to South Korea in May.

Ban has been cited as one of the potential candidates for the country's presidential race slated for late 2017, although he has never expressed a clear stance on the speculation.
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