Blacklisting several Iranian individuals and organizations represents the United States’ first step in imposing pressure to Iran in the aftermath of the U.N. Security Council’s decision to reprimand the country for its nuclear programs, according to Los Angeles Times. Included in the sanctions blacklist are entities tied to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs such as a bank, five front companies, 22 energy and insurance firms, and two individuals and four groups affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.