Iranian President Hasan Rohaní said on Saturday that those responsible for the involuntary demolition of the Ukrainian plane, in which the 176 occupants died, will be judged and urged to review the country’s defense systems.
Rohaní lamented in a statement the death of so many “innocent people due to human errors and wrong shots” and said that “this painful accident is not something that can easily be overlooked.”
“More research is needed to identify all the causes and roots of this tragedy and prosecute those responsible for this unforgivable mistake,” said the president.
It is also necessary to take measures to “address the weaknesses of the country’s defense systems to ensure that such a disaster never happens again,” according to Rohaní, who blamed the United States in some way for the tragedy of its “threats and intimidation.”
“To defend ourselves against possible attacks by the US Army, the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran were on full alert, which unfortunately led to this terrible catastrophe,” he said.
Shortly before the demolition of the Ukrainian plane, Iran had carried out a missile attack against an air base in Iraq that houses US troops, in revenge for the murder days before General Qasem Soleimaní, so they expected a retaliatory action by the US. UU.
The Iranian Armed Forces explained that the demolition was due to “a human error” and that it was because the Boeing 737 was located near a military center of the Guardians of the Revolution with “a height and a flying position of a target enemy”.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif also claimed that “human error at a time of the crisis caused by American political temerity led to disaster.”
“A sad day,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, who expressed his “regret, apology and condolences” to the people of Iran, the families of the victims and all the affected nations.
167 passengers were traveling on the Ukranian International Airlines (UIA) plane, including 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians, although the latter mostly with dual citizenship, and nine Ukrainian crew members.
The device crashed south of Tehran shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeiní international airport bound for Kiev on Wednesday, the day on which speculation about a possible demolition, denied until today by the Iranian authorities, began.