North Korea will "pay" for any attack on South Korea, says president Park Geun-hye

Updated: 3:34 p.m. ET

North Korea will "pay" if it launches even a small-scale attack on South Korea, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan Monday.

Park, the recently elected South Korean president, is in the United States this week for a summit meeting with President Obama, during which she'll lay out her plan for addressing the confrontational North Korean government.

Even as CBS News reports that North Korea has withdrawn two missiles from their launch sites, Park, South Korea's first woman president, continues to take a tough stance on the possibility of any perceived act of North Korean aggression toward South Korea.

Asked by CBS News if a small-scale attack like those which occurred in 2010 - when North Korea fired artillery shells at a South Korean island, and is also believed to have sunk a South Korean warship - would be considered a provocation worthy of a South Korean military response, Park was resolute.

"Yes, we will make them pay," she told CBS News.

See more from the interview with Park tonight on the CBS Evening News at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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