(IRNA) - Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said here Tuesday that the package of incentives offered to Tehran by the world's six powers (Group 5+1) was a positive move in ongoing efforts to settle the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy.
Elham made the remarks while speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference when asked to comment on efforts of the Group 5+1 to obtain a UN Security Council resolution that would oblige Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, reports Trend.
Iran, on June 6, was offered a package of incentives by the UN Security Council's five permanent members -- Russia China, US, UK and France -- plus Germany through EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in exchange for suspension of uranium enrichment and resumption of talks to settle the dispute over its nuclear program.
"We still believe that the proposed package is a good starting point for negotiations. We are optimistic regarding the process.
"We will hold talks and answer questions. We will also raise our own questions," Elham said.
He reiterated Iran's position that all issues in the ongoing standoff can be resolved through diplomacy and talks.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for continuation of cooperation within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and international rules and regulations."
He stressed that Iran has "never intended to move in a way contrary to accepted international regulations or even beyond them" and is serious in resolving the nuclear issue.
"Iran pursues peaceful policies. Iran never seeks weapons of mass destruction."
The spokesman further said: "We assess as positive the current atmosphere for resolving issues with due respect to the Islamic Republic's position."
The Europeans and those who offered the package of incentives have called on Iran to study it carefully, he said, adding that "we are reviewing the package carefully but (unfortunately) there are those who want to quicken the pace of the process."
"The international community acts on the basis of reason and tolerance of the views of others and will not be pressured to make a quick decision" on the package.
Pointing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks on the possibility Iran would revise its policies, a reporter asked the spokesman whether Iran would decide to build nuclear weapons.
"Iran's political and military doctrine is transparent in this regard. We are not after nuclear weapons and do not need them.
"We do not accept these kind of weapons by any country and believe in international disarmament."
Elham called on the international community to extend its campaign for dismantling of the region's weapons of mass destruction to the occupying regime of Qods.
He said each country exploits its national, international and legal potentials to advance its interests, and stressed that "no country should be deprived of the legal use of international strategies and its potentials."
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will carry not take any measure that violates international law as well as its religious and legal principles but will exercise flexibility and take options." He once against stressed the presence of a positive atmosphere for holding talks, saying "Tehran will continue this trend and believes the problem can be settled through peaceful means."