Vira Laboratory

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Last Updated: August 1, 2008
Other Name: VIRA
Location: Tehran, Iran
Subordinate To: Since Khatami's election as president, Vira is supposedly the chemical laboratory of the Defense Ministry's Special Industries Organization.
Size: As of January 1999, the laboratory had 250 employees.
Facility Status: Unknown

A 1995 Intelligence Newsletter report claimed that Vira tested chemical and biological products on animals and that Dr. Abbas Pour (also alleged head of the Special Industries Organization) was said to control the laboratory.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, as of January 1999, the Vira Laboratory focused on soil contamination agents and had successfully engaged in their production. Dr. Riazi was alleged to be the head of the laboratory.

Sources:
[1] Remarks to the Press by Soona Samsami, US Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 26 January 1999, p. 2.
[2] Arnold Beichman, "Arsenal of Germs in Iran?" Washington Times, 26 January 1999, p. A17.
[3] "Iran's Chemical Build-Up," Intelligence Newsletter, Indigo Publications, 9 November 1995.
[4] "Hungary Reportedly Helped Iran Repaort Parchin Chemical Weapons Facility," Jerusalem Middle East Newsline, 22 August 2002, in FBIS document GMP20020822000212.

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