CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Saddam Hussein has appointed a cousin to head the agency that exports Iraq's oil - a trade that the United Nations has blocked with sanctions.

Saddam al-Zibin replaced Fadhil Othman as director of the State Oil Marketing Organization. The appointment was reported Friday in the London- based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat and confirmed by Iraqis and oil industry officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Iraq is banned from exporting oil, except for 65,000 barrels a day it sells Jordan in exchange for food and medical supplies.

Before the embargo, Iraq's export quota set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was 3.4 million barrels.

Iraqi Oil Minister Safa Jawad al-Haboubi told reporters at an OPEC meeting last week in Bali, Indonesia, that Iraq was producing more than 2 million barrels a day.

Iraq's domestic consumption is estimated at 450,000 barrels. The minister did not say where the rest of the oil was going.

There have been persistent reports in Arab newspapers that Baghdad is selling crude oil and refined products to neighboring Iran and Turkey in violation of the sanctions.