(RIA Novosti) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday his country needed no nuclear weapons.
"Iran does not need a nuclear bomb to substantiate its clout. Tehran is against escalating tensions in the region," Ali Larijani said adding that transferring Iran's "nuclear file" to the UN Security Council was wrong, reports Trend.
Larijani, the secretary of the influential Supreme National Security Council, met with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana earlier Tuesday to discuss a package of incentives for the Islamic Republic, which many countries suspect of pursuing a secret weapons program, in return for its consent to halt uranium enrichment.
Solana handed over the proposals from the Iran-6 - the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany - during his visit to Tehran June 6, and Brussels hoped Iran would give an answer today.
But Larijani said the proposals contained some ambiguities, which needed to be addressed.
"Those ambiguities have to be cleared before serious talks begin," Larijani said, adding that he could not elaborate further at the current stage of talks.
He also called for patience and further talks.
"There are no grounds for skepticism, but we need more time for talks," Larijani said. "All the concerns of the parties have to be removed to create an atmosphere of trust and continue a step-by-step movement toward an agreement."
Solana and Larijani said earlier in the day that they intended to resume contacts after a meeting in Paris Wednesday of foreign ministers from the six nations working on the problem.