Ban Ki-Moon will be leaving his post and returning to South Korea in mid-January.  He is on his farewell tour now.  He just visited Obama and praised him for his environmental position which addressed climate change.  In response, Obama compared Ban to a baseball hitter that hits .300 (Mr. Consistency) and praised Ban for U.N.-sponsored actions on behalf of refugees and migrants.  But hitting .300 requires making contact with some curve balls thrown his way.  Korea’s observers have been hanging on Ban’s every word to see whether he would announce his candidacy to replace Park Geun-Hye (it is assumed that Park will have to step down in April).  Ban’s speeches are being scoured now to see which way he might be leaning.  [Read more …]