SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye warned Monday that North Korea will pay the price if it goes ahead with its planned nuclear test.
The remarks came during a meeting with former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry amid growing concerns a North Korean nuclear test may be imminent.
"If (the North) conducts a nuclear test, the international community must make clear that the country has absolutely nothing to gain from such actions," Park said. "(The international community) must make (the North) take responsibility for its wrong actions."
North Korea is believed to have completed preparations for a third nuclear test, which it could carry out at any time. The communist nation has in recent weeks stepped up its threats to go ahead with the test in response to a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning its Dec. 12 long-range rocket launch.
Perry told Park he believes the North could detonate a nuclear device before her Feb. 25 inauguration and added that he trusts she will handle the situation well.
The former defense secretary is in Seoul to attend an international conference co-hosted by Yonhap News Agency and Stanford University on security issues in Northeast Asia.