Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif confirmed Tehran’s decision not to decrypt the “black boxes” of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 without interested parties, and at the same time not to transfer them to any country. Zarif said this in an interview with the NBC News American television channel.
Zarif acknowledged his country's inability to decipher the data of the recorders without the help of Western experts. However, he defended the position of the government on the refusal to transfer this equipment to other countries. According to Zarif, Tehran turned to the United States for help in decoding but was refused.
The Iranian Foreign Minister noted that according to international air law, Iran has the right to lead an investigation into the downing of the Ukrainian Boeing.
On January 21, Iran asked the United States and France for equipment to decrypt the black boxes of the UIA plane shot down in Tehran.
In early February, the director of the accident investigation at the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, Hassan Rezaifar, said that Iran would no longer transmit to Ukraine the data from the investigation into the crash of Boeing 737 near Tehran.
As we reported earlier, Canadian lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims aboard a Ukrainian plane shot down over Tehran last month, looking for at least $1.1 billion in compensation, Reuters informed.
The suit names Iran, its supreme leader, the elite Revolutionary Guards, and others as defendants.
It was filed on January 24 in Toronto, but it is still not clear whether it has been served on defendants in Iran.