Iran denies existence of secret recording of downing of Ukrainian passenger plane

Iran denies existence of secret recording of downing of Ukrainian passenger plane

Iran denies that Canadian intelligence agencies have a secret audio recording of the country’s foreign minister’s talks about the possible causes of rocket fire on the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing-737.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzade said the allegations were “inaccurate and baseless” in a CBC News report. The credit of the Foreign Minister’s statements is not in line with his style, he emphasized on Khatibzade. “The claim that such records exist is untrue.”

The spokesman accused the Canadian government of politicizing the tragedy of Flight PS752. He called the rumor not to add to the pain of families suffering from Canada.

CBC News previously reported that Canadian intelligence agencies are analyzing audio recordings of conversations with the alleged involvement of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif. The conversation was about the fact that the passenger plane was shot intentionally.

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing-737 was shot down by two rockets on 8 January after taking flight from Imam Khomeini Airport near Tehran. The machine was on its way from the Iranian capital to Kiev. There were 176 people aboard the machine, including 11 Ukrainians and citizens of Iran, Canada, Sweden, Great Britain and Afghanistan. All were killed. Iran admitted on 11 January that it had accidentally shot down the passenger plane. The country denied the first plane collapsed and named a technical flaw as the cause of the crash.

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