S. Korea stages mass evacuation drill amid tension

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Also Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Beijing’s top foreign policy official. Mr. Dai returned last week from talks in Pyongyang with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

China has come under growing pressure from the United States and others to push ally North Korea to change its behavior.

South Korea’s chief North Korea nuclear envoy traveled to Russia for meetings Wednesday with his Russian counterpart.

Associated Press writer Seulki Kim in Seoul and photographer Lee Jin-man in Paju contributed to this report.

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