Defiant lawmakers insisted Wednesday they will not bow to U.N. terms for long-term video monitoring of missile sites unless the international community offered something in return.
Parliament - meeting in emergency session to discuss the latest standoff and the June 27 U.S. missile strike on Baghdad - also vowed to respond if Western allies attacked again.All 250 members of the National Assembly raised their hands in support of the stance. The meeting started behind closed doors, but journalists were allowed in an hour later.
"We have shown enough patience, enough cooperation. Now is the time for the U.N. to give us something in return. If they don't, we see no reason to agree to their unfair actions," said the assembly's speaker, Saadi Mehdi Saleh, during the four-hour session.
He did not specify what Iraq was seeking in return for cooperation with the U.N. Special Commission, which is supervising the elimination of Iraq's nuclear, missile, chemical and biological weapons under Persian Gulf War cease-fire resolutions.