Sydney: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed South Korean rapper Psy's global hit 'Gangnam Style' as a force for world peace.
Ki-moon has found himself displaced as the best-known Korean on the planet by the astonishing success of the chubby rapper's catchy video - and the veteran diplomat could not be more delighted.
The 68-year-old said that he has "seen it several times," voicing his pride at the way Psy had brought Korean pop and the nation's quirky sense of humour to a global audience via the internet, where the video has been viewed more than 400 million times.
"I'm very proud that his performance has been loved and enjoyed by more than 400 million people. It is amazing," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.
"There are no languages required in the musical world. That is the power of music, that is the power of the heart. Through this promotion of arts we can better understand the culture and civilisations of other people.
"In this era of instability and intolerance we need to promote better understanding through the power of music," he added.