The report adds to the growing number of supporting documents to U.S. claims that China’s Huawei has violated in multiple instances US export control rules.
According to a report from the Washington Post citing sources and internal documents, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has secretly helped North Korea to build and maintain its commercial wireless network.
As per the report, Huawei partnered with state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd., on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years.
According to sources briefed on the matter at hand, the Commerce Department has been investigating Huawei since 2016.
The development raises significant issues, including whether Huawei used U.S. technology in its components thus violating American export controls rules, in its business with the North Koreans.
In a statement, senators Chris Van Hollen and Tom Cotton said, the “revelation underscores (Huawei’s) ties to North Korea and its serial violations of U.S. law.”
They noted that a defense reauthorization bill under consideration in Congress contains new “provisions to better enforce sanctions on Pyongyang by making it clear that any company that does business with North Korea – like Huawei reportedly did – will face American sanctions.”
Earlier this year, the United States placed China’s Huawei on an Entity List citing national security concerns. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump allowed U.S. firms to resume sales of components which have no national security implications.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Huawei said, it had “no business presence” in North Korea. It was not immediately possible to reach the Panda Group.
Both, Huawei and Panda vacated their Pyongyang office in the first half of 2016, said the Washington Post.