1159 GMT January 18, 2019
"The United States has given Iraq a temporary relief from the sanctions for 45 days to continue purchasing natural gas and electricity from Iran," the US Embassy in Iraq said in a video published on its official Facebook page, Reuters reported.
"This relief gives Iraq time to start taking steps towards energy independence," the video said.
Iraq central bank officials said in August that the country's economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad would ask Washington for exemptions from some of the sanctions.
The current temporary waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iran for imports in US dollars.
Sanctions, which were lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former US president Barack Obama's administration and five other world powers, were reimposed on Nov. 5.