UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Kuwait's foreign minister called for continued international pressure on Iraq to comply with U.N. resolutions, and said Baghdad's defiance was underscored by its refusal to express regret for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

``The long series of crises triggered by the Iraqi government are pre-calculated attempts from time to time to disavow and circumvent its legal obligations,'' Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah told world leaders on Friday at the United Nations General Assembly session.

``The sad certainty, alas, is that all these crises contribute to the perpetuation of the sanctions for which the government of Iraq alone bears full responsibility,'' he said.

He said Iraq was trying to mislead the world with claims that it had lived up to its obligations.

``How could one reconcile that claim with the fact that we have not yet heard from Iraq any declaration or seen any gesture suggesting that Iraq regrets what it has done,'' Sheik Ahmed said.

He called on Baghdad to release all Kuwaitis captured during its seven-month occupation of the emirate. Kuwait accuses Iraq of holding some 500 of its citizens, a charge denied by Baghdad.

In response, an Iraqi representative denied Baghdad was holding any hostages and instead accused Kuwait of detaining Iraqis.

The representative said Baghdad had complied with all U.N. resolutions and that Richard Butler, the chief U.N. weapons inspector, didn't have the courage to admit it because of ``pressures'' exerted by certain countries _ a reference to the United States.

Sheik Ahmed also called on Israel to live up to obligations agreed with the Arabs, including the return of all war-gained Arab land.