ZTE agrees to 'strictest' US Commerce settlement

ZTE agrees to 'strictest' US Commerce settlement

Chinese telecom giant ZTE said its major operations had ceased following last month's U.S. ban on American sales of critical technology to the company. This means that they could be fined up to $1.7 billion in total.

That penalty was assessed following an investigation showing that ZTE had violated us sanctions and had provided technology to Iran and North Korea. Commerce Department spokesman James Rockas told Reuters on Tuesday that "no definitive agreement has been signed by both parties".

ZTE has also been a big smartphone vendor in the USA, with products sold by companies like AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS).

According to Reuters, ZTE has signed a preliminary agreement that will lift the ban on U.S. companies providing ZTE with goods. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) on Thursday.

ZTE will have to pay a $1 billion penalty, change its board and executive team within 30 days, and accept to embed a "compliance team" from the USA government within its organization.

Last year, ZTE paid over $2.3 billion to U.S. suppliers, a senior ZTE official told Reuters last month.

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Fox News foreign policy analyst Kiron Skinner and Wall Street Journal editorial page writer Jillian Melchior on how the Trump administration reached a deal with Chinese company ZTE.

"We still retain the power to shut them down again", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday in an interview on CNBC.

Washington and Beijing have reached a deal to ease sanctions that brought Chinese smartphone maker ZTE to the brink of collapse, the US Commerce Department announced Thursday. "It's unprecedented to have United States agents as monitors ..." Key US components-such as glass from Corning, processors from Qualcomm, and software from Google's Android-were no longer available to the company, meaning it could not make many of its phones. "I hope it means something good to us, but we are really focused more on our individual application", Mollenkopf told a corporate governance conference in NY.

"By letting ZTE off the hook, the president who roared like a lion is governing like a lamb when it comes to China", US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement in response to Reuters' report of the preliminary agreement. ZTE reached an agreement to turn over $1.19 billion and punish executives involved in the scheme, but in April the US determined that the company hadn't lived up to its promises. The first settlement with ZTE set a record for civil and criminal penalties in an export control case.

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