Commemorating the memories of defenseless victims of the Flight 655, the Ministry tweeted, “What is US human rights? Answer: Unparalleled commitment to killing people.
“Persian Gulf has long witnessed US crimes in the region.
“32 yrs ago, US deliberately shot down an Iranian airplane. 290 people were killed.
“US has not yet apologized nor embarrassed.”
The Iranian airliner, an Airbus A300 en-route to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from the Iranian southern city of Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan province, was targeted by the USS Vincennes warship on the morning of 3 July 1988. The US warship was passing through the Strait of Hormuz returning from an escort duty when it fired a missile at the Iranian passenger plane at the behest of Captain William Rogers, Commander of the USS Vincennes.
American officials at first claimed USS Vincennes targeted an Iranian F-14 however, after the type of plane was revealed, they claimed that the downing of the Iranian passenger plane was a mistake but the subsequent evidence rejected their claim.
In 1990, captain of the USS Vincennes received the Legion of Merit Award for his “outstanding service” during operations in the Persian Gulf by the US Navy.
However the Iranian nation has never believed that downing of the passenger plane was a mistake or an unintentional act.