Iran has admitted that it is responsible for the Ukranian plane crash which killed all the 176 passengers (mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians) and crew on board.
This was confirmed by Mohammed Javad Zarif, an Iranian career diplomat and academic who has been the Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran since 2013. He tweeted on Saturday morning saying:
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:
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The announcement comes after the USA officials had already said that the Iranian army might have accidentally shot down the plane.
The crash happened in Iran at a time when tensions between the USA and Iran have been growing following the US’s murder of Iranian Quds commander Qassem Soleimani.
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