Blockbuster report claims Huawei sold American technology to North Korea

Blockbuster report claims Huawei sold American technology to North Korea
There are many Huawei fans around the world complaining that there is no evidence that supports Huawei's inclusion on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List. With its name on the list, the Chinese manufacturer cannot access its U.S. supply chain. President Donald Trump has said that Huawei was put on the list because of security reasons. "Huawei is something that’s very dangerous...from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous...we’re just very concerned about Huawei from a security standpoint," Trump said back in May.

The reason that Huawei is considered a national security threat in the states has to do with a law in China that would allow the communist regime there to demand that the company gather intelligence on its behalf. As a result, there have been rumors, always denied by Huawei, that its phones and networking equipment have backdoors that are designed to spy on American consumers and corporations and send that information to Beijing. But no such backdoor has ever been found.

Huawei says it does not do business in North Korea


But there are other reasons to be concerned about Huawei. The Washington Post reports today that leaked documents show that the company secretly helped North Korea construct its wireless network and maintain it. Huawei's actions violated international sanctions placed on the country, and since its products contain American parts, also violated U.S. sanctions preventing exports of certain equipment to North Korea. Evidence in the form of spreadsheets, work orders and contracts from Huawei's database were provided to The Washington Post by a former Huawei employee. The documents show that Huawei and a Chinese state-run outfit called Panda International Information Technology Co. Ltd. worked on various projects in North Korea for over eight years. The Post says that Panda International's involvement in these projects helped to hide Huawei's participation in them. Other documents were handed over to the newspaper from anonymous sources whom the paper characterized as having "a desire to see the material made public."


In a statement, Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly said that the company does not have a presence in North Korea although he refused to state whether it did business in North Korea in the past. He also did not challenge the authenticity of the leaked documents. Huawei said in an official statement that it "is fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations."

In January, the DOJ issued a 13 count indictment against Huawei, affiliated companies, and its CEO


Back in January, Huawei, several affiliated companies, and its CFO Meng Wanzhou were indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on various charges including bank fraud. The company was allegedly trying to cover up business that it had done with Iran, another nation under international and U.S. economic sanctions. The company was also charged criminally with stealing trade secrets from U.S. carrier T-Mobile. Back in 2014, T-Mobile filed a civil suit against Huawei claiming that the company stole parts including the arm of a phone testing robot called "Tappy" in 2012 and 2013. Parts of the theft were caught on the wireless operator's security cameras and led a jury to award T-Mobile $4.8 million in 2017. Now, Huawei is being charged criminally with stealing trade secrets.


Today's blockbuster report is sure to increase the level of warnings from U.S. lawmakers who have already told allies that they should not use Huawei networking equipment in their 5G networks. While a few countries have heeded this warning, many major U.S. allies in Europe have decided to go ahead and allow Huawei to contribute gear for their next-generation wireless systems. After news about this report was disseminated this morning, President Trump said, "We will have to find out."


White House economic advisor Lawrence Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are expected to meet today with executives and representatives of various U.S. semiconductor and software companies. On the agenda is the current ban that prevents U.S. tech firms from freely selling their wares to Huawei.

Another Chinese phone and networking equipment manufacturer also was not allowed to access its U.S. supply chain last year for a period of time. ZTE, also considered a national security threat by U.S. lawmakers, paid a record $1.2 billion fine in 2017 for selling its goods and services to North Korea and Iran. When it lied to the Commerce Department about following the punishments placed on the company, the U.S. imposed an Export Ban on the company. Eventually, President Trump intervened and ZTE ended up paying a $1 billion fine, forced to put $400 million in escrow, and change the composition of its Board and certain executive positions. Prior to the ban, ZTE was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. based on shipments but is no longer in the top five.

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24 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1108; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

X X 0

16. Venom

Posts: 3802; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I wonder how Maherk will explain this one.

2. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

what is next , Russia ?

22. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Huawei have the contract to supply the whole of Russia with 5G.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1653; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

this will definitely shake up some global politics

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Like I said where there is smoke there is fire. Huawei isn't innocent even all the Huawei and Chinese fanboys cant face the truth. Sooner or later it will all be exposed.

5. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I don't think anyone is nieve enough to think Huawei is innocent. If you are a global power, you are not innocent in any way, because that's the nature of the beast. What I and some took issue with is that it looked like Trump was using Huawei as collateral for his trade war. There are some however who were blinded and would go against anything the US did. I was not one of those, I wanted the US to be fair to Huawei, to show the rest of the world that while we can though we are also fair.

19. MsPooks

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

You don't think anyone thinks Huawei is innocent? You should take a stroll through comments on previous articles here and elsewhere.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1108; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Fun part is those who say all this is being done just to protect iphone sales. LOL.

10. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"There are some however who were blinded and would go against anything the US did" "Fun part is those who say all this is being done just to protect iphone sales. " Yep they are those chinese and Huawei fanboys im talking about, with their conspiracy theories :D "Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly said that the company does not have a presence in North Korea although he refused to state whether it did business in North Korea in the past." He didn't flat out deny it so im guessing its is true.

12. QuantumRazer

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

When Huawei fans blame US government, it's either about: -NSA spying us for decades before Snowden exposed everything -Trump using Huawei for ongoing trade war with China which are both true. You're the first one who claim that THEY are the one who stick with conspiracy theories.

20. MsPooks

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

The second point is not true.

21. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Hmmmm .....Sadam had a nuclear weapon! At least US told us so... Thing is, if you're smart, you won't be trusting what US official politics says.

7. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

This is getting old

8. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

This happened over 10 years ago?

9. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

and Tappy was still alive ...

11. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

In law and politics, it doesn't matter how long ago the crime was committed. It can and will be used against you.

15. dimas

Posts: 3404; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Doesn't matter. 10 years is just a small timeframe. Any govt. behavior can be repeated anytime.

23. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Doesn't matter? This is very old news and Huawei and ZTE were both fined by the US for it. (ZTE twice) This is just Alan F and his anti Huawei campaign on here. Maybe people like you think the people of North Korea shouldn't be allowed internet access.

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Welp, that definitely doesn't look good for Huawei. The real problem is, if they were actually helping build up the infrastructure of North Korea in the past, were they using materials that are 10% originated from US? If that's the case then Huawei might face another sanction just like South Korea is getting one from Japan for the diversion of imported materials into North Korea.

24. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The Japan / South Korea dispute is over South Korean people being forced to work for Nippon Seel decades ago and is nothing to do with North Korea. As for this article Huawei and ZTE were both fined for this many years ago by the US, it's old news just being brought up to keep the anti Chinese rhetoric in the news.

14. dimas

Posts: 3404; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The day iran and north korea got the capabilities and access to modern technology warfares means somebody's making money out of them. Obviously, it's their ally countries that will benefit the most. No wonder china's slowly expanding their territory in the south east asian seas.

17. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Why are these documents in English? A Chinese company, doing business with another Chinese company, which is doing business with a North Korean entity. Why is all of this in English, not Chinese and Korean?

18. AlienKiss

Posts: 245; Member since: May 21, 2019

Blind fanboy: Show me proof (Don't you know that I'm the most important person in the world??! I can afford to buy a huawei you know!) Meanwhile Huawei gets banned and proof leaks several times. Blind fanboy: The huawei owner did not confirm to me personally! I still don't believe it! It's impossible! I never make mistakes! Nooooo!!! Denial is all that they have left.. Pffff..

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