Iran may have carried out bioweapons activities

Iran may or may not have carried out prohibited chemical or biological weapons activities, according to a United Kingdom-based think tank.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies said in a 128 page report on Iran’s nuclear, chemical and biological capabilities that it cannot be determined from public information what exactly their activities have been. It also noted that claims against Iran may have been exaggerated, according to Reuters.

The influential think tank also noted that Iran could probably make a nuclear weapon in as little as one to two years, though industrial sabotage and the Stuxnet worm have probably slowed its development plans.

Iran and the United States are in an extended standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is peaceful, but the United States believes exists to make nuclear weapons, Reuters reports.

The IISS says that the program was dented by the Stuxnet computer worm, which many believe was created by the United States or Israel to cripple the program, Reuters reports. Iran says the worm affected computers at its primary nuclear plant, but did not affect its regular operations.

Western and other intelligence agencies have tried to slow international smuggling to make it more difficult for Iran to obtain necessary equipment.

"I think the world has been pleasantly surprised by the limitations that have been imposed on the program through industrial sabotage and the Iranians' reliance on inefficient methods," Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the IISS non-proliferation and disarmament program, said, according to Reuters.