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Trump defends intervention on China's ZTE

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By and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - on Monday defended his decision to revisit penalties for Chinese company Corp for flouting U.S. sanctions on trade with Iran, saying the telecom maker is a big buyer for U.S. suppliers.

The is exploring options besides a supplier ban to punish <000063.SZ> <0763.HK>, said on Monday. The review came after Trump pledged in a tweet to work with Chinese to help ZTE, saying too many jobs in had been lost.

The company shut its main operations after the Commerce Department banned U.S. companies from selling components to for seven years after it violated the terms of a settlement deal for illegally shipped goods made with U.S. parts to and

Trump, a of China, faced backlash from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who were shocked by his move.

"ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from U.S. companies. This is also reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with and my personal relationship with Xi," Trump said on Monday.

ZTE declined comment on Monday. Ross did not provide details about options under consideration.

"ZTE did do some inappropriate things ... the question is are there alternative remedies to the ones we had originally put forward and that's the area we will be exploring very, very promptly," Ross told journalists at the

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld, David Lawder, Doina Chiacu, Susan Heavey, Roberta Rampton, Steve Holland, John Walcott, David Shepardson; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 01:58 IST