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Chinese telecoms kit maker Huawei narrowly avoided the wrath of US investigators last year after a business described by Reuters as a Huawei supplier* offered to sell American-made equipment to Iran in a deal that would have broken sanctions, it has emerged. Tehran-based Soda Gostar Persian Vista was ready to sell 36 cell …

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  1. Cheese
    FAIL

    Arab?

    Iran is not an Arab state (repressive or otherwise).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Arab?

      "Arab?

      Iran is not an Arab state (repressive or otherwise)."

      Your point is? I pressed <CTRL> <F> and Firefox beeped when I typed 'ara' I couldn't get to the word 'Arab'.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Unhappy

    WTF?

    Talk about hysteria.

    Masts nearly sold, but then mistake spotted and sale halted.

    What an amazing story, still lets keep the puppet masters happy shall we?

    1. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: WTF?

      You seem to miss the point is that while they catch one bad transaction, it is unknown how many other bad transactions occurred that did not get caught.

      The probability is >1

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The tree that hides the forest

    This is going on all the time on a very large scale. I used to work for a satellite operator in an emerging S-E Asian country (supposedly very western-friendly) and a large part of the company's business was made selling communications to Myanmar and Iran, two countries under sanctions. They were even making a lot of money reselling high-tech US or EU-made satellite comms equipment to these two countries. With margins in the upper 3-digit percent range... I can remember seeing fellow staff leaving for Tehran or Yangoon with oversize checked-in baggage in big boxes.

    Disclaimer: I was working for the part providing SAT TV and Internet to domestic customers. I got to learn this only a few months before quitting (that wasn't my reason for quitting though).

    Anonymous because, well... one never knows. I think this information has made it to the newspapers anyway, at least in this unnamed country. Not sure elsewhere.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hard to stop

    I was at a computer trade fair in Iran over a decade and a half ago and, amazingly, there for sale were high end Compaq servers and lots of other banned equipment. Resellers in the UAE and other local states were there to make a lot of money.

    Weapons systems I'm sure can be stopped. Normal telecomms and computing kit is much harder to stop.

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