Cisco cuts ties to ZTE over sales to Iran

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.),

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House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), left, and the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger, of Maryland, release a report Monday during a Capitol Hill news conference on a yearlong government investigation of China's two leading technology firms, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. (Oct. 8, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Cisco Systems Inc. has ended a long-standing sales partnership with ZTE Corp. after an internal investigation into allegations the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker sold Cisco networking gear to Iran.

Cisco's probe followed stories by Reuters last spring that documented how Shenzhen, China-based ZTE had sold banned computer equipment from Cisco and other U.S. companies to the largest...

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