“We do not want Iraq to be burdened with the US sanctions on Iran,” Barham Salih, the newly elected president, told reporters in Kuwait, Reuters reported.
The United States said Iraq can continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, after reimposing sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector.
The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on Monday the reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran's banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off its oil sales and crucial exports. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Washington had been pushing governments to cut imports of Iranian oil to zero. However, it agreed to grant sanctions waivers to eight biggest importers of Iran's oil – China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey – in fear of a price spike.