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Pyongyang to pay price for nuclear test: president

President Park Geun-hye has stated that, “We will work in close cooperation with the international community to ensure that North Korea will pay the price for conducting a new nuclear weapons test.”

Her comments came during a National Security Council (NSC) meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 6 in the wake of the North’s test of a hydrogen bomb.

In the meeting, President Park said that, “This nuclear test is not only a grave provocation to our security, but is also a threat to our existence and future. It is, furthermore, a challenge to world peace and security.”

 President Park Geun-hye presides over a meeting of the National Security Council on Jan. 6 after North Korea’s nuclear test to discuss measures to deal with the provocation.

President Park continued to say that, “It is important to induce our allies, such as the U.S., as well as the international community, to impose strong sanctions on North Korea. Now that the North has declared that it has detonated its first hydrogen bomb, its actions will likely disrupt security across Northeast Asia and, also, disrupt the nature of North Korean nuclear weapons issues to their very foundation.”

Prior to the NSC meeting, the Seoul government stated that, “We should closely cooperate with the international community, including our allies and participating nations in the six-party talks, to make sure that North Korea pays the corresponding price for carrying out a nuclear weapons test. We pledge to take all necessary measures against North Korea, including additional U.N. sanctions.”

Cho Tae-yong, deputy chief of national security at Cheong Wa Dae, said in a statement that, "Our government strongly condemns North Korea for ignoring continuous warnings from South Korea and the international community and for pushing ahead with its fourth nuclear weapons test, in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

The deputy chief went on to say that, "We stand in line with the international community`s stance that there will be zero tolerance for a nuclear weapons-armed North. As clearly asserted in U.N. Security Council resolutions, we strongly urge the North to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.”

By Sohn JiAe Staff Writer
Photos: Cheong Wa Dae

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