South Korea's Huawei deal concerns senators

The heads of two Senate committees are expressing concern over a supply deal between Chinese telecom giant Huawei and South Korea.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Senators ask Treasury to probe Brazilian meatpacker with major US footprint Top Foreign Relations Democrat calls on Pompeo to recuse himself from Ukraine matters MORE (D-N.J.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout MORE (D-Calif.) asked the Obama administration to assess the "potential threats and security concerns" of the deal, according to Reuters.

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"Maintaining the integrity of telecommunications infrastructure is critical to the operational effectiveness of this important security alliance," they wrote in the Nov. 27 letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Reuters reported.

The House Intelligence Committee issued a report last year warning that the Chinese government could use Huawei for spying on sabotage.

"Our gear is world-proven and trusted, connecting almost one-third of the world's population. The motivations of those that might groundlessly purport otherwise are puzzling," Huawei said in a statement to Reuters.

"Huawei has a proven track record of providing secure products and solutions to our customers. There has never been one incident where Huawei's commitment to security has ever been called into question."