In the face of equipment delays from Russia, and amid mounting fears of foreign attack, Iran’s ayatollahs are making other plans to protect their nuclear facilities. Reuters (November 15) reports a senior Iranian lawmaker as saying that the Islamic Republic could soon itself produce "advanced" missile defenses to defend its nuclear sites against potential external aggression. The news marks a decision by Iran to seek local alternatives to the S-300, an advanced anti-air and anti-missile system which Russia has long stalled at delivering to the Islamic Republic under pressure from the U.S. and Israel. "Iran is not a country to come to a halt in the face of non-cooperation of other countries," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the national security and foreign policy committee in Iran’s parliament, tells a domestic newspaper. "Naturally and in view of the capabilities it possesses, the Islamic Republic will be able to mass-produce this missile system in a not so distant future."