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China's Huawei vows not to pursue business in Iran

US watchdog says Tehran authorities were using firm’s technology to track dissidents

China's Huawei vows not to pursue business in Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Huawei Technologies, China's biggest telecoms equipment
manufacturer, said it would not pursue new business in Iran after a US-based
watchdog said that authorities in Tehran were using the firm's equipment to
track dissidents.

It said in a statement posted on its website on Friday that
it "will voluntarily restrict its business development [in Iran] by no
longer seeking new customers and limiting its business activities with existing
customers."

"Huawei's business in Iran has been in full compliance
with all applicable laws and regulations including those of the UN, the United
States and the European Union," it added.

The US-based pressure group, United Against Nuclear Iran,
welcomed the move but called on Huawei to withdraw completely from the country.

In November, the group accused Huawei of "helping to
strengthen and bolster the capabilities of a regime
that is pursuing an illegal
nuclear weapons program and is the world's leading state sponsor of
terrorism."

Huawei said it will continue to provide "necessary
services" for communication networks already delivered or being delivered
to Iran.

China has resisted Western proposals for sanctions that
would undermine its close economic ties with Iran, its third largest crude oil
and fifth largest iron ore supplier.

Beijing has also denounced the United States and European
Union for imposing their separate unilateral sanctions on the country.

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