Iran announces new delays at Bushehr nuclear plant – but denies Stuxnet link
Iran announced months of delays for its Bushehr nuclear plant today, as the US hit Iran with more sanctions over its human rights record.
The announcement in August of the Russian-built Bushehr's imminent commissioning created alarm in some quarters, with some analysts saying the early stages of the plant's operation could produce fuel suitable for conversion into a nuclear weapon.
Since, there's been growing evidence of clandestine efforts to disrupt Iran's nuclear progress. In particular, some Internet security analysts say the Stuxnet virus, a sophisticated program apparently designed to disrupt the sort of Siemens software used to control processes at the plant, appeared to have been targeting Iran's nuclear sites.