(UnitedVoice.com) – While US officials have said they’re confident that the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed on Wednesday was shot down by Iran, Iranian officials are denying the accusations.
Fars News Agency
The plane, which was filled with 176 passengers from both Iran and Canada, did not have any survivors. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agrees with the US, saying that his country also has information that Iranian missiles were responsible for the crash.
On Friday, Iran’s state media channel, Fars News Agency, reported they’ll be releasing information on Saturday about the cause of the accident. The report, which came in the form of a tweet, said:
“The reason for the collapse of the Ukrainian passenger plane will be announced tomorrow after a meeting of the Air Accidents Commission, attended by both domestic and foreign parties involved in the incident.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko held a press conference on Friday and informed everyone that Iran has been supportive in the investigation and that they have given Ukraine access to the black box from the plan. He also added that:
“We’re analyzing the pieces of the body of the plane. We are analyzing the chemical residues on the body of the plane. We will come to our conclusions. We don’t want to come to them right now. We have so many different versions of what could happen to the plane that we will need some time to really understand and tell. We have not even started to reconstruct the black box information yet. This is the most vital piece of information.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also held a press conference on Friday, reaffirming previous statements from US officials that Iran shot a missile at the Ukranian plane.
“We do believe that it is likely that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile. We are going to let the investigation play out before we make a final determination. It’s important that we get to the bottom of it,” Pompeo said.
When asked about the ramifications Iran would face if it is proved they were behind the crash, he responded:
“They’re working to get their resources on the ground to conduct that thorough investigation. And when we get the results of that investigation, I am confident that we and the world will take appropriate actions in response.”
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