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US: Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats

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Declaring a national emergency, US on Wednesday signed an order barring American companies from using made by firms believed to pose a "national security risk."

The order gives US the power to regulate interstate trade under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, according to Sputnik.

"Today, Trump signed an Order entitled 'Securing the Information and and Services Supply Chain' as part of his commitment to protecting the information and and services of our Nation," a statement issued by the announced.

Adding to this, the release mentions that Trump protects the US from "foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and infrastructure and services in the United States," by signing the order.

This comes as authorities in arrested giant Huawei's Chief Financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in last year. She may be extradited to the US, where there are charges against her over suspected violations of the US sanctions against

"This Order declares a national emergency with respect to the threats against information and communications technology and services in the and delegates authority to the to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the or the security and safety of persons," the statement added.

The latest measure comes amidst the escalating trade spat between the US and imposed fresh tariff hikes on Chinese imports amounting to USD 200 billion, alleging that had backed out of the trade deal as it neared fruition. In response, announced its intent to increase tariffs on US goods entering the country starting from June 1.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 05:52 IST