The US preparing to make to put final pressure on the UK ahead of its decision on whether to add Huawei into the next-gen telecom network says a report.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to press British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over Huawei at a meeting in Washington on Thursday, the sources told Reuters.
Before the decision, the US has planned to send a delegation, including deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, to meet with British officials this week. But the trip was canceled at the last minute, two of the people said, due to bad weather.
The UK government expected to make a final decision on the participation in the 5G network later this month mounted with US threat to halt intelligence sharing, as well as an advisory from the telecom industry that removing the Chinese company would cost billions of dollars.
Huawei has repeatedly denied allegations made by the US and a company’s spokesman recently told that UK lawmakers had confirmed Huawei equipment would not be deployed in networks used for intelligence sharing.
“Our 5G equipment does not pose a threat to information security,” he said. “We are confident the UK government will take an evidence-based approach when making its decision about Huawei’s inclusion in the 5G network.”