July 15, 2020 / 3:20 PM / 24 days ago

U.S. sanctions led to change in UK position on Huawei, says PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: The British flag and a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain changed its position on using China’s Huawei in its 5G network because of U.S. sanctions, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday when asked about President Donald Trump’s comments that he was responsible.

“The reason for the UK’s change of position was the impact of the U.S. sanctions which were announced in May. Those sanctions were like nothing we had ever seen before, and led to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) changing its assessments,” the spokesman told reporters.

“The U.S. sanctions make it impossible for the NCSC to continue to guarantee the security of Huawei equipment in the future.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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