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South Korea's president-elect says nuke test to isolate DPRK


16:50, February 07, 2013

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will further isolate the country already under tough international sanctions, South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye said Thursday.

"North Korea (DPRK) cannot achieve anything with nuclear ( threats)," Park said in a rare meeting with the leaders of the ruling and the main opposition parties. "If the North presses ahead with a nuclear test despite the warning from the international community, it will bring further isolation."

The meeting, which brought together Park, Hwang Woo-yeo of the conservative ruling Saenuri Party and Moon Hee-sang of the center- left opposition Democratic United Party, came amid speculations that the DPRK will conduct its third nuclear test in the near future.

The three pledged close cooperation to deter provocation by Pyongyang, which recently vowed to proceed with missile and nuclear tests to protest UN sanctions newly put in place following its controversial Dec. 12 rocket launch.

Park, who replaces President Lee Myung-bak later this month, campaigned on mending ties with the prickly neighbor but has repeatedly urged the DPRK to scrap its plan to carry out a nuclear test.

The DPRK conducted two underground nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Recent satellite images of the site have suggested active preparations for another nuclear test.

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