UNITED NATIONS EVB — UNITED NATIONS -- The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have decided to continue sanctions against Iraq, but they agreed yesterday to allow Baghdad a one-time exception to sell up to $1.6 billion worth of petroleum, with part of the money to be used to buy food and medical supplies.
Along with the permission to sell the oil comes a tough set of restrictions that would make sure that others, including the United Nations and countries with war-related claims against Iraq, get paid first.
The head of Iraq's mission to the United Nations, Abdul Amir al-Anbari, reacted in anger.
"Iraq won't accept it both as a matter of principle and as a matter of practice," Mr. al-Anbari said. "It benefits non-Iraqis rather than Iraqis. For all practical purposes, it allows Iraq to buy not one sack of rice or one sack of grain."