Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday (11) called the "unforgivable" and "disastrous" human error that toppled the Ukrainian plane with 176 people aboard last Wednesday.
By Twitter, Rouhani said that "an internal Armed Forces investigation concluded that sadly missiles fired due to human error caused the terrible crash of the Ukrainian plane and the death of 176 innocent people."
The Iranian president also said that "investigations continue to identify and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake."
In another publication, he stated that Iran "deeply regrets this disastrous mistake" and sent condolences to the families of the victims.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had already spoken out on Twitter as he called the day "sad".
On Saturday, the Iranian government said the attack on the plane "was not intentional". According to the official version, the aircraft would have approached a base of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
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According to the statement, the Iranian Armed Forces said that after taking off from the airport in Imam Khomeini, Tehran, the aircraft came close to a "sensitive Revolutionary Guards military center, at altitude and flight condition that would be flown. resembled hostile targets ".
After the crash, the US press and Canada hypothesized that the plane had been shot down by Iranian missiles. The statement was promptly denied by the Iranian government spokesman.
In a statement, Ali Rabiei called reports blaming Iran for crashing the plane south of Tehran as "false" and said they were part of "a psychological war" against the country. Already the Foreign Ministry considered the statements to be "suspicious speculation."
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