I guess Iran does not pursue solar power because it wants to be a big, dark cloud over the Middle East.... and rule it all.
Iran isn't serious about peaceful nuclear energy. It just wants to get nuke capability so it can extort money and concessions from other countries. This is the same tactic North Korea used. They also cite "national pride" as a reason for pursuing nuclear capability. They want to show that they are a technologically advanced nation.
Well, if these countries want to show how advanced they are, why don't they concentrate their efforts on improving their social structure? Can their society only thrive at the expense of women who must remain subservient? I know a lot of people are going to say that the Koran dictates how they must live, but the truth is that, the more wealthy the Muslim, the less he believes in all that nonsense. In Jordan, all the wealthy women are wearing Donna Karan and Escada under their traditional garb. They cast off their ridiculous Muslim costumes as soon as they arrive at a party, which, by the way, often serves alcohol.