This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a seven-year ban on exports to ZTE, after they violated sanctions on North Korea and Iran. They were fined over $1.2 billion, but with the understanding that they could still work with U.S. companies.
The DOC changed it’s mind this morning. “ZTE made false statements to the U.S. Government when they were originally caught and put on the Entity List, made false statements during the reprieve it was given, and made false statements again during its probation,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “ZTE misled the Department of Commerce. Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.” and an official claimed that ZTE had admitted to false statements.
The U.S. is believed to supply more than a quarter of ZTE’s parts. The ban includes an important chipmaker, Qualcomm.