FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2011
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UANI Applauds Huawei for Ending New Business with Iran Following Discussions with UANI, Calls for Full Pullout
Telecommunications Firm is First Major Chinese Company to Announce Pullback from Iran
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement on Friday regarding Huawei's announcement that it would stop seeking new business in Iran and limit existing business, after discussions over the last two months with UANI.
We applaud Huawei for taking an important first step in pulling back from its business in Iran, and we thank Huawei for its cooperation and responsiveness over the past months.
For the first time, a major Chinese business has joined the worldwide movement to isolate Iran. The message to companies around the world is clear: Iran is off limits to responsible businesses.
While this is an important first step, we call on Huawei to fully end its business with the brutal regime in Iran. Given the regime's history of misusing telecommunications technology to conduct espionage on citizens, there is simply no justification for doing any such business in Iran.
On November 1, UANI publicly called on Huawei to end its business in Iran, noting that the company was dominating the country's mobile phone sector, and enabling the regime to track and spy on protesters and citizens.
After Huawei responded by defending its business in Iran, UANI publicly denounced that defense and continued discussions with Huawei officials regarding pulling back from Iran.
Click here to read UANI's November 1 letter to Huawei.
Click here to read UANI's response to Huawei's November 7 defense of its business in Iran.
Click here to view UANI's "Tech & Telecom Campaign" page.