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Iraq to reluctantly comply with US sanctions on Iran: PM

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Iraqi said today he would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, but recalled his country's 12 years under international embargo.

"We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them," he said.

"In general, sanctions are unjust."

is the second-largest importer of Iranian non-hydrocarbon products, buying some $6 billion (5 billion euros) worth of goods from its eastern neighbour in 2017.

It also buys in Iranian-generated in efforts to deal with that have been a key factor sparking mass protests in recent weeks.

"We are committed to protecting our people and their interests," said.

is allied with Washington, a strategic partner in the war that saw declare "victory" over Islamic State jihadists in late 2017. But it also has strong ties to Tehran, a Shiite powerhouse that is heavily involved in Iraq's political affairs.

Iranian private companies recently cut off power supplies to Iraq's of over outstanding payments. The on Tuesday re-imposed a wave of unilateral sanctions against that had been lifted in 2015 under a landmark nuclear deal between and world powers.

withdrew from the deal in May, triggering reimposition of sanctions targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets.

That is set to be followed by a second wave on November 5, targeting Tehran's -- vital to its economy -- and the Central Bank.

The sanctions are expected to weigh heavily on Iran's already struggling economy, which is suffering from high unemployment and runaway inflation.

Iran's currency has lost nearly half its value since Trump announced the US would withdraw from the nuclear pact.

suffered through more than 12 years of harsh international sanctions beginning in 1990 after invaded

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 01:35 IST