Debris from the Ukrainian plane, January 8, 2020 near Tehran. - Ebrahim Noroozi / AP / SIPA
Spectacular flip-flop, three days after the Ukrainian Airlines plane crash: Iran apologized on Saturday for "mistakenly" shooting down the Boeing 737, while pointing to the blame for "American adventurism" in this drama. Iran "deeply" regrets the crash, "a great tragedy and an unforgivable mistake," said Iranian President Hassan Rohani. "The internal investigation of the armed forces concluded that regrettably missiles launched in error caused the crash of the Ukrainian plane and the death of 176 innocent people," he said.
Armed Forces' internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.
Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake. PS752 #
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Earlier, the Iranian foreign minister had already expressed "regrets, apologies and condolences", while stressing that Washington was no stranger to this tragedy. "Human error in times of crisis caused by American adventurism has led to disaster," tweeted Mohammad Javad Zarif.
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:
Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster
Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.
The first confession had been made by the Iranian armed forces, speaking of a "human error", and explaining that the device was taken for a "hostile plane". "The person responsible" for this error will be brought "immediately" to justice, then said the staff. "In a crisis and sensitive situation, Ukrainian flight 752 took off from Imam Khomeiny airport [in Tehran], and as we were turning, [seemed to be approaching] a sensitive military center" the Revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, indicates the statement of the staff. "Under these conditions", and following a "human error, and unintentionally, the plane [was] hit", add the armed forces.
Russia calms the game
The change of foot is spectacular because Tehran had until then categorically denied the thesis, favored by several countries, notably Canada, according to which the Ukrainian plane would have been hit by a missile. A video of about twenty seconds, which would show the moment when a missile hits the device, has been widely disseminated on social networks. You can see a luminous object climbing rapidly to the sky and striking what appears to be an airplane.
A senior Russian official called on Tehran to learn from its mistake. "If the decryption of the black boxes and the work of the investigation do not prove that the Iranian army did this intentionally and that there are no logical reasons for this, the incident must be closed. With the hope that lessons will be learned and measures taken by all parties, "said the chairman of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kossatchev.
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How will the crash investigation in Iran go?
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