By Maximilian Clarke

China’s leading telecoms provider, Huawei, have emerged as the latest in a string of companies to curtail operations in Iran as a result of an increasingly challenging environment within the republic.

Tensions between [n]Iran[/n] and predominately Western Naitons have been escalating in recent years, with a number of increasingly high profile incidents culminating with the storming by students, with apparent state complicity, of the British Embassy in Tehran.

Posting on the company’s newsroom, a Huawei spokesperson issued the following statement:

Due to the increasingly complex situation in Iran, Huawei will voluntarily restrict its business development there by no longer seeking new customers and limiting its business activities with existing customers. For communications networks that have been delivered or are under delivery to customers, Huawei will continue to provide necessary services to ensure communications for Iran's citizens.

Huawei is committed to providing telecommunications functions that are in line with our vision "to enrich life through communication".

Huawei provides telecommunications equipment for commercial and civilian use around the world and has established an industry-standard trade compliance system and internal control policies for exports to ensure legal application of our products and technologies. Huawei's business in Iran has been in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including those of the UN, US and EU.

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