0903 GMT May 13, 2021
Keyvan Khosravi, the spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), made the remarks in a Monday interview with Press TV, noting that the plane’s black boxes were one of the main sources of information used to compile the final report of an investigation over accidental bringing down of the Ukrainian plane by Iranian air defense forces in January 2020.
The official mentioned Iran’s all-out cooperation with Ukraine to clarify various aspects of this incident, saying, “Since the inception of this bitter incident, we have accepted all demands put forth by the Ukrainian government, which at times went beyond what was necessary under usual circumstances, so that, there would remain no dark corner in the efforts made to shed light on the truth in this incident.”
“Sending the plane’s black boxes to France to decode their contents is the most important reason that proves Iran’s transparency and honesty in its effort to bring to light all details about this incident,” Khosravi said.
He described as “regrettable and inhuman” efforts made to take political advantage “of a bitter incident, which is related to sentiments of scores of bereft families”, adding, “Various independent expert groups have delved into all the existing hypotheses about targeting of the Ukrainian plane.”
All those groups, the Iranian official said, “have asserted categorically and based on technical and expert evidence that this incident has been unintentional and a result of human error.”
“So far, no foreign authority has offered any other technical reason to dismiss or even undermine Iran’s expert report [on this incident] and [some parties] are merely trying to mount political pressure on Iran by creating [an adverse] media atmosphere and provoking sentiments of the families of this incident’s martyrs,” Iran’s security official added.
Khosravi concluded by saying that judicial measures are underway in hearing of culprits of this bitter incident and their punishment will be soon meted out through the competent court.
On January 8, 2020, the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, en route to Kiev and carrying mostly Iranians, crashed minutes after takeoff near the Iranian capital, killing all the 176 on board.
The plane was brought down by Iran’s air defenses, which mistook the aircraft for a military target amid tensions between Tehran and Washington following the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq days earlier.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a claim by Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, that the crash was “intentional and conscious attack”.