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Iran's president admits Iranian missile downed Ukraine jetliner

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Ebrahim Noroozi
Summary

Iran is changing its stance saying it did shoot down a Ukranian plane which killed 176 people on board

The country's president is calling it a "disastrous mistake" as the jet was apparently mistaken for a hostile target

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president has finally acknowledged what Canada, Britain and the United States have strongly suspected for days that it was indeed an Iranian missile that downed a Ukrainian jetliner on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” Hassan Rouhani said late Friday in a post on Twitter.

“My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.”

Rouhani said investigations continue to “identify and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister also issued a tweet that said “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”

There were 57 Canadian citizens aboard the doomed airliner.