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Rouhani Says Downing Ukrainian Plane an 'Unforgivable Error'

Rouhani Says Downing Ukrainian Plane an 'Unforgivable Error'

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 08:15
FILE PHOTO - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council In Yerevan, Armenia October 1, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Tuesday that his country will punish all those responsible for the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane which killed 176 people.

Rouhani stressed that the event, which he described as "tragic," would be investigated thoroughly.

He said the government is accountable to Iranian and other nations who lost lives in plane crash.

“It was an unforgivable error ... one person cannot be solely responsible for the plane crash,” he noted, Reuters reported.

“Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step ... We should assure people that it will not happen again,” Rouhani stressed.

Meanwhile, Judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili said some people have been arrested for their role in ukrainian plane crash.

Iran on Saturday admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident killing all 176 aboard.

Many on board were Iranians with dual citizenship, while 57 were holders of Canadian passports.

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