Steinitz said he did see emphatic room for optimism that the unrest would ultimately see the halting of Iran’s ongoing drive toward a nuclear capability, “but it certainly does impact the regime’s ability to proceed. It becomes much harder for the administration as soon as it has open antagonism directed against it from its own people. Also, as the regime becomes less popular, there are fewer people within Iran who are willing to aid the government in any program, including the nuclear one,” the minister said.