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The U.S. Embassy in Iraq said the U.S. side agreed to grant Iraq a 45-day exemption and could continue to import natural gas and electricity from Iran within that period.
The U.S. Embassy released a video on social media Twitter: "The U.S. has granted Iraq a 45-day temporary exemption to continue to buy gas and electricity from Iran."
The US embassy said: "this exemption will allow Iraq time to take steps to transform its energy independence." Reuters reported Wednesday that the US side agreed to a 45-day exemption with conditions that Iraq could not pay in US dollars for the import of Iranian natural gas and electricity.
President Donald Trump in May ordered the withdrawal of the Iran nuclear issue comprehensive agreement and the resumption of sanctions against Iraq. The first sanctions were restarted in August, covering Iran's non-energy areas such as metals, minerals and automobiles; the second sanctions were restarted on 5 this month, covering Iran's energy, finance and other fields. The United States announced on the same day that the 8 importers of Iran crude oil should be exempted for a period of 6 months.