Iran de­nies down­ing jet as US vows ac­tion

LEAD­ERS CLAIM MIS­SILE STRIKE

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

THE US has promised “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion” in re­sponse to its as­sess­ment that an Ira­nian mis­sile was re­spon­si­ble for down­ing a Ukrainian air­liner that crashed out­side Tehran.

The Ira­nian gov­ern­ment has de­nied play­ing a role in the killing of all 176 peo­ple on board.

US sec­re­tary of state

Mike Pom­peo di­rectly pinned the blame on

Iran, af­ter Cana­dian, Aus­tralian and Bri­tish lead­ers an­nounced sim­i­lar in­tel­li­gence con­clu­sions.

Lead­ers said the plane ap­peared to have been un­in­ten­tion­ally hit by a sur­face-to-air mis­sile.

Ear­lier, Iran de­nied al­le­ga­tions that one of its own mis­siles downed the air­liner on Wed­nes­day, hours af­ter Tehran launched more than a dozen bal­lis­tic mis­siles at two US bases in Iraq to avenge the killing of its top gen­eral in a US air strike last week. “What we can say with cer­tainty is that no mis­sile hit the plane,” said Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s na­tional avi­a­tion depart­ment.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Do­minic Raab echoed calls by Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son and his Cana­dian coun­ter­part for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­as­ter, say­ing Iran should “open up” the crash site to in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The part­ner of a Ukrainian flight crew mem­ber killed in the crash weeps at a me­mo­rial in Kiev

Do­minic Raab

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