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US bans Chinese telecom maker ZTE from buying parts for 7 years

Illegal exports to rogue states raise Washington's hackles

ZTE pleaded guilty in March 2017 to illegally shipping American products to Iran and North Korea, agreeing to pay penalties. The U.S. Commerce Department said on April 16 that the Chinese company "misled" it.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Commerce has prohibited American technology exports to Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE for seven years as the Trump administration steps up its fight against outflows to Iran and North Korea.

ZTE pleaded guilty in March 2017 to illegally shipping items of American origin to the two countries from 2010 to 2016. It agreed to $1.19 billion in penalties and a suspended denial of export privileges.

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