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Harris repeats concerns over 5G network security amid anti-Huawei campaign

All Headlines 17:57 June 07, 2019

By Song Sang-ho and Oh Seok-min

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris on Friday renewed concerns over the security of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless network amid Washington's apparent campaign against Chinese telecom titan Huawei.

The United States has recently been prodding its allies and other partner countries to stop using Huawei products on security grounds, amid growing trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We are naturally concerned about the security implications of how the 5G network will be instantiated across Korea," Harris said during a keynote speech at a security forum hosted by the Korea Association of Military Studies and Joint Forces Staff College.

"But as allies and friends, I am confident that we will work thorough all of these issues together. We have work to do and we will work on these and other issues together," he added.

This photo, taken June 5, 2019, shows U.S. Ambassdor to South Korea Harry Harris speaking during a forum in Seoul. (Yonhap)

During a conference on information technology on Wednesday, Harris stressed the need for the use of a trustworthy supplier, apparently in connection with the U.S. drive against the Chinese company.

His remarks on Wednesday came a day after an official at China's foreign ministry was reported to have called on South Korea to make the "right judgment" amid Washington's apparent call for Seoul not to use Huawei communications equipment.

During Friday's forum, Harris also pointed to "burdensome regulations, non-tariff barriers and Korea-specific standards" that impede the ability of American companies operating in South Korea to compete on a level playing field.

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