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Iran’s Zarif says Ukrainian plane crash caused by human error and ‘US adventurism’

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TEHRAN: The Ukrainian plane crash earlier this week was caused by human error and “U.S. adventurism”, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Saturday.

“A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by U.S. adventurism led to disaster,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.

“Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”

Read more: Iran admits downing Ukrainian airplane ‘unintentionally’: state TV

Iran had announced that its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian airplane, killing all 176 people on board, according to state TV.

Iran in its statement termed the downing of the plane as “human error”.

A Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff a few hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at US forces in Iraq.

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