Iran’s FM Mohammed Javad Zarif: ‘We Were Very Close To War’


Speaking to NBC News’ Richard Engel, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accepted Iran’s responsibility for shooting down a passenger plane over Tehran, but defended his country’s refusal to hand over the aircraft’s black box.


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  1. He should have told clearly, what exactly Iran wants to get from the black box data: it is information, why the transponder switched off, making the plane a target in the AD system. Also the deviation from the flight path would be something to be clarified. Was it by human input or by remote control or autopilot?
    The risk is high, that meddling with the plane would be the outcome of such investigation, therefore no access is provided.

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