Iran confirms readiness to cooperate with Kyiv in PS752 crash investigation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif stressed the need to avoid "politicizing the issue"
20:49, 16 February 2020

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif confirmed Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with Kyiv in investigating the circumstances of the PS752 crash. He made a statement at a meeting of foreign ministers of countries related to the disaster. The Iranian Foreign Ministry press service states about it in its latest release.

"Foreign Minister Zarif confirmed the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate with Ukraine in order to investigate the matter and achieve a legal settlement of the issue," the message said.

It is also reported that at the meeting the minister exchanged views on how to consider the legal and technical aspects of the incident, emphasized Iran’s responsibility in conducting all proceedings and stressed the need to avoid politicizing the issue.

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Earlier 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. This Zarif said 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.

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