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Report: Former UN chief Ban won't run for S.Korea presidency

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves after a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves after a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves after a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves after a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Ban said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a well-known figure from contention and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics. (Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A news report says former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won't run for South Korea's presidency.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says Ban made the announcement during an unscheduled press conference Wednesday. Ban reportedly said he was disappointed by the actions of the country's political establishment but didn't elaborate.

Ban had generated sizable interest in his home country after a decade in charge of the United Nations and was seen as testing the political waters before announcing his candidacy.

But his approval rating had been falling in opinion surveys on who should succeed impeached President Park Geun-hye.