A partner of Chinese firm Huawei tried to sell embargoed US cellular equipment to an Iranian telecommunications company, according to Reuters.
Reuter's report says that Huawei partner Soda Gostar Persian Vista attempted to sell 36 US cellular antennas to MTN Irancell. The deal was reportedly halted before completion.
According to the report, Huawei attempted to sell cellular antennas which uses parts from US-based firm Andrews Antennas. The deal was called off when MTN realised the equipment it was procuring was covered by a US embargo.
A Huawei spokesperson told Reuters that the attempted sale was the result of a company error. The spokesperson said the antenna shipment was supposed to go to a German company, not an Iranian one.
Since the transaction was canceled before completion Huawei has technically committed no crime. If the deal had gone through, Huawei could have potentially faced punishment as the US has an embargo on the sale of technology to Iran.
This isn't the first time Huawei has made headlines for potential business dealing with Iran. Cisco recently canceled its sales partnership with the company following reports that Huawei sold Cisco-branded equipment to the Middle Eastern country.
The US government also recently called for an investigation into Huawei because of its connections with the Chinese government.
Huawei was unavailable for comment at the time of this posting.
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