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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER SPARKS COMMERCE DEPT. SUBPOENA OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT-AFFILIATED COMPANY

Congressman Robert Pittenger HeadshotFollowing a letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger urging stiffer penalties against Chinese state-affiliated companies which violate Iran sanctions laws, the Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to Huawei Technologies.  According to The New York Times, Commerce is seeking documents related to Huawei’s alleged role in selling embargoed technology to the Iranian government.  Huawei is closely affiliated with the Chinese government.

In April, Congressman Pittenger wrote the Commerce Department, co-signed by 22 Members of Congress, expressing concern over questionable enforcement of embargoes intended to prevent Iran from acquiring technology which could be used to oppress human rights.

“We are pleased Commerce is taking this significant step toward holding Huawei accountable for this apparent violation of American law.  The technology in question could be used by the Iranian government to oppress women, religious minorities, pro-democracy activists, and other dissidents,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).

“The Commerce Department should know it has the full backing of many in Congress to conduct a rigorous investigation against Huawei.  We must send a strong message to countries around the world, including Iran and China, that the United States does not tolerate government sponsorship of political, religious, or minority oppression.”

Congressman Pittenger is monitoring Commerce Department action against Huawei and will continue to explore draft legislation to prohibit U.S. government acquisition of products sold by the company.

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