Iran denies downing jet as US vows action
LEADERS CLAIM MISSILE STRIKE
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