Indonesia urges UN to avoid sanctions on Iran

Indonesia's president urged the United Nations not to impose new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, warning on Friday that doing so could add to tensions in the region. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not say whether his mostly Muslim country would vote against an upcoming Security Council resolution that would punish Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment. "The situation in the Middle East is dangerous, tense and flammable," Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta. "Poorly considered decisions concerning Iran and other regional countries could cause new problems." Indonesia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and thus will have a vote on any sanctions resolution, expected as early as Saturday. "Negotiations and diplomacy are far better, compared to harsher sanctions that might not necessarily be the best solution" to the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program, Yudhoyono said.