“Bad habits never die:” Zarif says in reaction to US general

Tehran, April 18, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday reacted to the latest comments made by US General Martin Dempsey about using military options against Iran and said “Bad habits never die.”

Dempsey, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US had said that the US option to attack Iran remains “intact.”

Dempsey made the remarks to downplay the impact of Russia removing a long-standing ban on sale of S-300 missiles system to Iran

Zarif made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop who arrived here Saturday morning.

Refuting efficiency of any military option against Iran, Zarif urged the US officials to avoid making such statements stressing that Iranian officials too “do not take those comments serious.”

“The only option about Iran is to recognize its right and work based on mutual respect in order to get to a better outcome,” said the foreign minister.