SEOUL Jaded voters may think it'll take a miracle to change South Korea, but one potential presidential candidate says that's exactly what he can conjure up.
World peace is also on the cards if his fourth attempt to win office is successful, the 62-year-old Huh Kyung Young told Reuters. He claims to have an IQ of 430 and the ability to perform miracle cures.
"I can change 23 chromosomes and 40,000 DNA in the human body. If someone is diagnosed with uterine cancer, I can treat the cancer within 0.1 seconds just by looking into the patient's eyes," Huh said.
The head of the Democratic Republican Party, which is not represented in parliament, said he wants to move the United Nations headquarters from New York to Panmunjom, a village that sits on the world's most militarized border separating North and South Korea which remain technically at war.
"With the U.N. headquarters located in Korea, there would be no war on the Korean Peninsula. Then, I will unify the world and lead efforts to mediate between the global powers," he said.
Huh, who won 100,000 votes in the 2007 presidential election and placed 7th, was jailed in 2009 for 18 months after the front-runner in this year's presidential race, Park Geun-hye, sued him for defamation after he claimed she would marry him.
Park is the daughter of assassinated former South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee and is the only declared candidate for this year's vote.
Opinion polls show that South Koreans are most worried about the economy, where rising prices, growing income disparity and a lack of a social safety net have emerged as the main concerns under a conservative government.
Huh says if elected, he will give newly-married couples 100 million won ($87,300) and hand 700,000 won to each pensioner.
He also plans to launch a fan club to boost his chances in the polls and said he expects to attract a million members.
"Nowadays, I am so popular that I get several phone calls every second from my fans. I am thinking of reporting myself to Guinness World Records as the man who receives the largest number of phone calls in the world," he said.
(Reporting By Eun Jee Park; Editing by Elaine Lies and Jonathan Thatcher)