Iran capable of biological warhead attack on Europe

U.S intelligence officials believe Iran may be poised to launch a major missile attack on Europe with missiles that could be tipped with biological or chemical warheads.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, reports, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran’s missile arsenal contains both liquid and solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missiles and that the threat was the basis of a new U.S. missile defense plan, called “Phased Adaptive Approach,” for NATO allies.

“It would more likely be a salvo kind of attack, where you would be dealing potentially with scores or even hundreds of missiles,” Gates told the committee, reports. “One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision on the phased adaptive array was the realization that if Iran were actually to launch a missile attack on Europe, it wouldn’t be just one or two missiles or a handful.”

The plan, set for completion by 2020 and already approved by NATO, calls for deployment of SM-3 sea-based missile defenses aboard Aegis-class cruisers in the Mediterranean Sea.

“This would give us the ability to protect our troops, our bases, our facilities and our allies in Europe,” Gates told

Gates noted that North Korea also posed a major threat to Europe.

“I think by 2020 we may well see it from other states, especially if we’re unsuccessful in stopping Iran from building nuclear weapons,” Gates said.