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Park encounters U.N. chief before summit

All News 09:25 April 02, 2016

By Kim Kwang-tae

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye had a brief encounter with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the summit on nuclear security.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, approached Park as she entered the conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the summit.

Park was seen talking to Ban for about four minutes. No details of their conversation were immediately available.

The latest encounter between Park and Ban and their apparent rapport came amid lingering speculation on Ban's possible candidacy for South Korea's next presidential election.

Ban has repeatedly said he is not interested in South Korean politics, but he is one of the most favored potential presidential candidates.

Ban's second five-year term at the U.N. is set to come to a close at the end of 2016, a year before South Koreans go to the polls to elect a new president who will replace Park.

Park's single five-year term ends in early 2018, and by law, she cannot seek re-election.


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