UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran has denied responsibility for the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines plane, which crashed in Tehran on Wednesday, calling the accusation a lie and psychological operation by the United States.
As the IRNA news agency reports, in a statement, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said that a committee responsible for investigating the incident was formed under the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Rabiei said the committee would investigate the plane’s crash immediately and transparently, with the participation of experts from relevant states.
He noted that the Ukrainian representative is already in Iran to examine the black box of the aircraft.
“In the process of investigation, we also welcome the presence of relevant states whose nationals were killed in the bitter incident,” he added.
Rabiei said the claim that the aircraft had been hit by Iranian missiles is a calculated act and a psychological operation.
According to him, the footage that has been published is a lie and no one will take responsibility for it.
He also invited the US to participate in the inquiry committee instead of “lying and engaging in psychological operations”.
The Boeing 737, belonging to the Ukrainian International Airlines, crashed near Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport shortly after the flight, hours after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired dozens of ballistic missiles against US and coalition forces. in Iraq, in retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, who was killed in a US air strike near Baghdad International Airport.
The plane traveling to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, was carrying 63 Canadian, 82 Iranian, 11 Ukrainian, 10 Swedish, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 British nationals.
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