May to be handed Huawei warning over Chinese giant’s access to UK 5G phone network as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo flies into London
- Mrs May said to have backed allowing the firm to bid for work on ‘non-core’ parts of the 5G network
- Washington believes that the firm is a security risk and aides Beijing spying
- An information leak from a secret security meeting saw Gavin Williamson sacked
Theresa May will be warned about plans to to involve Chinese tech giant Huawei in the UK’s 5G telecoms network that threaten Transatlantic security co-operation when she meets US secretary of state Mike Pompeo today.
Mr Pompeo is the first member of President Donald Trump’s administration to speak face-to-face with the PM and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt since last month’s National Security Council agreed to consider Huawai’s involvement.
Washington is urging allies to keep Huawei out of sensitive infrastructure programmes, citing fears that the company may provide a route for China’s communist regime to spy on the West.
Mrs May reportedly gave the green light to the company bidding for work on ‘non-core’ aspects of the hi-tech 5G network at the NSC meeting, overruling concerns from ministers including Gavin Williamson, who was later sacked as defence secretary over suspicions that he had leaked details of discussions.
Mr Pompeo is the first member of President Donald Trump’s administration to speak face-to-face with the Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt since last month’s National Security Council agreed to consider Huawai’s involvement
Gavin Williamson was sacked as defence secretary after being accused of leaking the Huawei information from the NSC to a newspaper – something he denies
Mr Pompeo warned earlier this year that the US will not ‘partner’ with countries that adopt Huawei systems.
‘We’ve made clear that if the risk exceeds the threshold for the United States, we simply won’t be able to share that information any longer,’ he said last month.
In talks at 10 Downing Street, Mr Pompeo is also expected to step up US pressure on the UK to isolate Iran.
He made a surprise visit to Iraq immediately before his trip to London, assuring Baghdad that the US opposes other states ‘interfering in their country’ and stands ready ‘to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation’.
Mr Trump last year unilaterally pulled the US out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, but the UK and other European powers have refused to follow his lead.
Tensions have escalated in recent days as Washington deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to the Gulf.
Mr Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said the move sent ‘a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interest or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force’.
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