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Ex-UN chief back in S. Korea, hints at presidential bid

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech upon his arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech upon his arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves his hand to supporters upon his arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General  has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves his hand to supporters upon his arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tries to shake hands with supporters as he leaves at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tries to shake hands with supporters as he leaves at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The former U.N. Secretary-General has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president.

Ban arrived at Incheon International Airport near Seoul on Thursday as hundreds of supporters shouted his name.

He told a televised conference that he's willing to dedicate himself to achieving a national unity. He previously made similar comments that analysts say hint at presidential ambitions.

Opinion polls show Ban is one of the favorites to succeed impeached President Park Geun-hye. Park is now on trial at the Constitutional Court that will determine whether to formally end her rule and hold a new election.

Ban, a former South Korea foreign minister, ended his 10-year service at the U.N. last month.