More trouble is brewing around Tehran’s nuclear initiative. Reuters reports:
Iran is still relying on old technology to expand its nuclear program, in what may be a sign it is having difficulties developing modern machines that could speed up production of potential bomb material. . . .“It appears that they are still struggling with the advanced centrifuges,” said Olli Heinonen, a former chief nuclear inspector for the Vienna-based U.N. body.“We do not know whether the reasons for delays are lack of raw materials or design problems,” he said.
The problems plaguing the Iranian nuclear program remain mysterious, but anything that gives more time for sanctions and negotiations is a positive thing in Via Meadia‘s book.The news also underscores the need for those sanctions and negotiations to be tough. If Iran were really serious about wanting a program for civilian use, setbacks like these would have convinced the mullahs that cooperating with the IAEA and other groups would be the best and cheapest way to get civilian nuclear energy projects up and running.