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US blacklisting raises pressure on Iran

The United States blacklisted Iran’s state broadcasting authority, Internet-policing agencies, and a major electronics producer on Wednesday, an action that widened the US sanctions effort to pressure the Iranian government over not only its disputed nuclear program but also over the stifling of domestic dissent and access to information.

A statement by the Treasury Department also disclosed the formal start of tightened restrictions, under a law passed last year, meant to severely inhibit Iran’s already weakened ability to repatriate earnings from the sale of oil, its most important export.

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