The United States issues joint warning on North Korea

The Department of State, Department of Finance, and the Department of Commerce issue Chapter 19 joint warning: "No cooperation with the Private Sector."

The warning is seen as a message to (North Korea) not to provoke the U.S. prior to the U.S. presidential election in November.

(Washington: Yonhap News Agency) Correspondent Paik Nari = The U.S. issued a warning to private industries around the world not to inadvertently support North Korea's technology and equipment acquisition for developing ballistic missiles.

It is the first time that the U.S. Department of State has issued a joint warning on North Korea's development of ballistic missiles. The move is interpreted as a warning to North Korea not to interfere in the U.S. presidential election in November.

The U.S. State Department's International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Department of Commerce's Office of Industry and Security jointly issued a 19-page warning on North Korea's ballistic missile procurement activities.

The warning lists major organizations mobilized to develop ballistic missiles in North Korea, deceptive technology used by the North for its missile programs, and related provisions of U.S. law in response to the North's proliferation activities.

It also included a list of key items used in the North's ballistic missile program and a list of North Korean personnel and institutions currently under U.S. government sanctions.

"We urge the private sector to remain vigilant against North Korea's attempts to acquire missile-related equipment and technology, including specific items specified in the warning," the State Department said in the press release. The statement continued: "We urge you to be aware that even if you accidentally support North Korea's procurement of ballistic missiles, you could be subject to U.S. and U.N. sanctions."

The State Department pointed out that North Korea's continued attempts to expand its ballistic missile capabilities poses a grave threat to both regional and international stability, adding that the North has continued to test ballistic missiles in violation of U.N. resolutions following its first intercontinental ballistic missile test in 2017.

It also added that the U.S. is committed to working with its international partners to limit the threats posed by North Korea's missile development.

North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile called Hwasong-14 in July 2017. [EPA=Yeonhap News]

The U.S. has issued a warning targeting North Korea's sanctions and cyberattacks, but this is the first time that the U.S. has issued a warning aimed at North Korea's expansion of its ballistic missile capabilities.

Amid a prolonged stalemate in negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, this is being interpreted as a warning message not to show any signs of pressure on the U.S. ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. President Donald Trump has indirectly warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un not to intervene in the U.S. presidential election, stressing his good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Given that President Trump has taken a stance that he would not care too much about North Korea's ballistic missile tests if they were short-range ones that pose no threat to the U.S. mainland, the latest warning could also be seen as raising the level of warning against the North's ballistic missile development.

Ballistic missiles, which serve as a means of transport, are a key element of North Korea's nuclear capability. North Korea declared its completion of nuclear weapons after launching an intercontinental ballistic missile-class Hwasong-15 in late November 2017.