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Meanwhile, Cisco's put House Intelligence committee target ZTE in its crosshairs, too.
In a separate story first reported by Reuters, Cisco cut ties with ZTE following an internal investigation said to have confirmed that ZTE is reselling branded Cisco equipment to Iran-based companies -- a violation of economic sanctions.
According to Reuters, Cisco probed its reseller relationship with ZTE following reports from the news service that ZTE had sold equipment from Cisco and other U.S. companies to Iranian telecom customers.
Chambers wouldn't discuss the ZTE probe, Reuters said, but he did say Cisco would not tolerate any direct or indirect sales to countries like Iran that are under economic sanctions. "And when that occurs, we step up and deal with it very firmly," Cisco's Chambers said.