The remarks were made concerning a report (paywall) by the Wall Street Journal that the United States Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. export sanctions related to Iran.
The department's decision comes in the wake of the recent ban on United States government departments buying devices and equipment from fellow Chinese vendor Huawei.
In a letter to ZTE's employees, the company's chairman Yin Yimin said that ZTE " is following closely with this issue and will uphold openness, transparency and integrity to continue to communicate, and at the same time, will solve it with legitimate means, seeking to reduce the adverse impact resulted from this issue".
"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", said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross earlier this month.
Huawei spokesman Charles Zinkowski said in a statement that the company "complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including the applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, U.S., and European Union".
Later that day, a senior US Commerce Department official told the Wall Street Journal that the agency had granted ZTE's request to present additional evidence on the case, even though the company does not have the right to make an appeal under the department's regulations.
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Washington imposed almost $1 billion of fines on ZTE for allegedly illegally shipping USA goods to Iran. The company is also the world's No. 3 maker of smartphones.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had seen the report.
The US Department of Commerce banned US exports to the company after it found that ZTE violated an agreement.
"A ban on Huawei could hurt them, but it won't kill the company, whereas ZTE is in survival mode [following the U.S. ban]", he said. China doesn't actually have any sanctions on the country, and shipping Chinese technology would not directly violate USA sanctions.
The Chinese company came under USA pressure in 2012 when a congressional report concluded both Huawei and ZTE could become a tool for state-sponsored spying or sabotage. ZTE's core business was harmed severely and the company halted trading of its Hong Kong and mainland shares.