Leaked docs allege Huawei helped build North Korea's 3G wireless networks

Leaked docs allege Huawei helped build North Korea's 3G wireless networks

But now, documents published by The Washington Post and 38 North revealed that the Chinese Government and Huawei help North Korean by building the Koryolink cellular network.

Chinese tech giant Huawei could have helped secretly build a 3G wireless network for North Korea, according to internal documents leaked by a former employee of the company.

Referring to records spilled by a previous worker and individuals acquainted with the game plan, the Post provided details on Monday that Huawei worked with China's state-claimed Panda International Information Technology on an assortment of broadcast communications extends in North Korea for in any event eight years until 2016.

Chief executives from several United States tech companies met with President Donald Trump on Monday and expressed "strong support" for policies restricting the use of products from Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Since the company uses some U.S. technology in its components, providing them to North Korea violates sanctions and export controls against the dictatorship over its nuclear weapons program and human rights violations.

The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency concluded past year that Huawei's software and hardware posed a threat to state security.

Last year, the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump slapped heavy penalties on ZTE, another Chinese equipment maker, for similar sanctions breaches. The claim could again land Huawei in hot water with U.S. authorities, which threaten to cut off its supply of American products. Huawei, it added, additionally provided "managed service" of the network.

Such revelations, if confirmed, will be just the latest blow to Huawei's reputation.

The United States has voiced strong concern that Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing for spying or to disrupt communication networks, citing the company's deep ties to the regime's military and intelligence agencies.

They are among a bipartisan group of senators who introduced legislation last week seeking to reinforce an executive order to curb what they say is a growing national security threat by the company.

Huawei's North Korean customer, Koryolink, is 75%-owned by Egypt's Orascom TMT, with remaining shares held by Korea Post and Telecommunications Co. If recent events are any guide, there may be more turns in store.

The exact cellphone penetration rate in North Korea is unclear, but according to a joint survey between the Central Bureau of Statistics of North Korea and UNICEF, 69 percent of total households and 90.6 percent in Pyongyang own a mobile phone.

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