Iranian government has admitted that it was responsible for Ukrainian plane that crashed recently
– Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, apologised for mistakenly shooting down Ukrainian plane
– Rouhani said that preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces revealed that the crash was caused by human error
A report by the Guardian indicates that Iran government has admitted that its military made an “unforgivable mistake” in unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, which killed all 176 people onboard.
Naijapalaba reports that a thread of tweets by the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, armed forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane and death of 176 innocent people.
He said investigations have been on-going to identify and prosecute the great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.
The foreign minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif, described the incident as sad one, adding that preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces indicated human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.
He said: “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 report noted that the Newsweek had quoted a Pentagon and senior US intelligence officials, as well as an Iraqi intelligence official, as saying they believed the Ukrainian plane was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday, January 9, said that, “I have my suspicions” over the plane. “Somebody could have made a mistake.”
It would be recalled that amid tensions heightened by the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on Friday, January 3, Iran has said it would not hand over the recovered black box flight recorders to Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, or to the US.
Under global aviation rules Iran has the right to lead the investigation, but manufacturers are typically involved.
BBC further stressed that in separate reports, CBS news and Newsweek said US and Iraqi intelligence officials were confident the Ukrainian plane was brought down by a missile fired by Iran.