Washington, Dec 31: A major Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, it has been revealed.
China’s Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker, said that neither it nor its partner, a private company registered in Hong Kong, ultimately provided the HP products to the telecom, Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran, known as MCI.
Nevertheless, the event provided new evidence of how Chinese companies have been willing to help Iran evade trade sanctions, Fox News reports.
According to the report, the proposed deal also raises new questions about Shenzhen-based Huawei, which recently was criticized by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee for failing to ‘provide evidence to support its claims that it complies with all international sanctions or U.S. export laws’.
At least 13 pages of the proposal to MCI, were marked “Huawei confidential” and carried the company’s logo, according to documents seen by an international news agency, the report said.
In a statement to the agency, Huawei called it a “bidding document” and said one of its “major local partners,” Skycom Tech Co Ltd, had submitted it to MCI, it added.
The statement went on to say that ‘Huawei’s business in Iran is in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including those of the U.N., U.S. and E.U’.
According to the report, Huawei has a similar partnership with HP.
In a statement, the Palo Alto, California, company said that “HP has an extensive control system in place to ensure our partners and resellers comply with all legal and regulatory requirements involving system security, global trade and customer privacy and the company’s relationship with Huawei is no different,” the report added. (ANI)