US officials oppose Huawei's Sprint Nextel deal
Huawei's troubles in India may finally be lifting, but the Chinese vendor now faces fresh opposition over its supply to the US market.
Eight US senators have penned a letter urging the government to prevent Sprint Nextel ordering gear from Huawei because of national security concerns, FT.com reported.
The letter alleges that Huawei sold equipment to deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the Taliban Afghan terrorist group, has ties to the Chinese military, and works closely with Iranian officials.
Huawei dismissed the claims, stating that it follows UN trade compliance regulations in every country in which it does business - including Iran.
It also rejected claims that it does not respect intellectual property rights, and expressed disappointment to “learn that old mischaracterizations about the company still linger.”
The Senator’s intervention is the latest blow to Huawei’s US ambitions, where business has been stymied by the security concerns.
Motorola filed suit against the Chinese vendor in July, alleging theft of trade secrets.