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HANOI, Vietnam – North Korea warned the United States and South Korea on Thursday to halt military exercises scheduled for this weekend and to back off any new sanctions against the communist country if they want to see a nuclear weapon-free Korean peninsula. The warning issued on the sidelines of a regional meeting of Southeast Asian nations in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, came as tensions on the peninsula simmer over the sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors and a day after Washington said it would impose new sanctions aimed at stifling the North's nuclear activities. "If the U.S. is really interested in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it should halt the military exercises and sanctions that destroy the mood for dialogue," North Korean spokesman Ri Tong Il told reporters.