Iran sees no threat of U.S. military attack over nuclear program

An Iranian vice president said Thursday he did not believe that the United States will attack his country over its nuclear program, and compared to U.S. defense secretary to a vampire showing his teeth.

"Iran is not Iraq, Iran is not Afghanistan," Isfandiar Rahim Mashaee, one of Iran's vice presidents, said during a visit to the Indonesian capital. "They still cannot leave (those two countries), it is impossible for them to invade Iran."

The U.N. nuclear watchdog voted last week to refer Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear program,  raising the stakes in the dispute over the Middle Eastern country's nuclear ambitions. The United States and Europe suspect Iran is secret developing bombs, but Iran insists the program is for energy.

The United States has denied it has any plans invade the country, but Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reportedly agreed with a German interviewer recently that all options, including a military response, were on the table, reports the AP.

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