Experts toured Libyan chemical weapons lab, report reveals

An unfinished chemical lab in Libya that was toured by American and British scientists in 2006 is now suspected to be a chemical weapons facility.

The Libyan government claimed the lab, located on a military facility on the outskirts of Tripoli, was being built for chemical weapons defense purposes, but a recent report released by the WikiLeaks website suggests otherwise, reports.

According to the report, the visiting lab experts from the U.S. and the U.K. viewed an air handling system, an almost fully tiled "preparation room" and what appeared to be a "cold storage" room, all of which align with labs that work with chemical and biological agents.

The report goes on to raise suspicions by stating that although the lab could easily be completed in a short time, the lab’s staff estimated it could take up to a year to finish construction.

The experts suggested Libya may have to declare its lab’s contents to the Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the organization that monitors stockpiles.   

"Libya clearly did develop chemical weapons," Andy Oppenheimer, editor of Chemical and Biological Warfare Review, said, according to "There was a load of mustard gas and blistering agent that that was being destroyed under the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention, but there are now fears that the Libyans are lying and that they have stocks which haven't been declared."

Libya, which has been in turmoil since massive protests broke out in February, is estimated to have 13.6 metric tons of mustard and 556 tons of chemical warfare precursor chemicals.