Huawei, the Chinese telecommunication vendor, has been in hot waters in the U.S. and Europe. U.S. federal agencies have repeatedly cited concerns about the activities of the company. Now, a new deal has come to surface which apparently shows that a Huawei partner firm offered to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran.
Skycom is a firm privately owned by Huawei. The documents which reveal the deal show Skycom to be making an offer to Iran to sell nearly $1.7 million worth of embargoed HP computer equipment. The offer was apparently made back in 2010.
It was made to Mobile Communications Co, based in Iran. However, both Huawei and Skycom have cited that the allegations are baseless and that the said equipment was never shipped to Iran. On the contrary, it says, the document which the U.S. authorities are showing off to the media was simply a bidding document submitted by Skycom.l
In a statement Huawei said, “Huawei’s business in Iran is in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including those of the UN, USA and EU. This commitment has been carried out and followed strictly by our company. Further, we also require our partners to follow the same commitment and strictly abide by the relevant laws and regulations.”
However, U.S. authorities seem adamant on somehow putting curbs on Huawei and stopping its march into the U.S. market. The China-based telecommunications giant has been frequently accused of being in cahoots with the Chinese government, the allegations flying from considerably senior U.S. officials at times. However, none of these allegations have been proved to date.