THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Iraq's ambassador to the Netherlands announced Monday he had resigned to protest Saddam Hussein's regime.

Safa Salih Al-Falaki asked for permission to stay in the Netherlands with his family.

''I feel it is impossible to remain silent ... to what is happening in Iraq,'' Al-Falaki said in an interview with Veronica News Radio.

Al-Falaki, who shunned publicity during the Persian Gulf crisis that resulted from Baghdad's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, said ''I am blaming Saddam Hussein.'' He did not elaborate.

A foreign ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Al- Falaki's request for a temporary residence permit was being ''positively considered.''

Dutch television quoted Al-Falaki as saying without elaboration that ''a new catastrophe'' may be brewing in Iraq.

The ambassador said he had served Saddam's government until he saw that there was no longer hope of democratic reform. ''We had hopes that the moment was coming (when we) could reform the regime in Iraq to a democratic (government),'' he said in the radio interview.