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Iran says secret recording of destruction of flight PS752 is false

Iran says secret recording of destruction of flight PS752 is false

Iran pushes back what it calls an “unsuccessful sensationalization” of the flight PS752 tragedy following a CBC News report of a secretly taped conversation that suggests the world may never know the truth about it. that happened.

As the regime celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution that overthrew the country’s monarchy, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his spokesman responded to the CBC story today by saying that the recording was a fake.

“The allegations made in this article are incorrect and unfounded and many statements attributed to Dr. Zarif are fundamentally inconsistent with the language he commonly uses and the assertion of the existence of such a band is not true, ”ministry spokesman Saeed said. Khatibzadeh said in a Farsi statement posted on the ministry’s webpage and translated by CBC News.

“We advise the Government of Canada to act in a professional manner instead of its own unnecessary sensationalism and submit an expert report on the accident if it has an opinion.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Associated press)

CBC News confirmed that the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Communications Security Establishment had recorded the private conversation in their custody for weeks. Security services analyze the authenticity of the recording and treat it with the “seriousness it deserves,” said Ralph Goodale, special advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the flight PS752 file.

The truth may never be exposed, according to the recording

CBC News listened to the recording and asked three people to translate it from Farsi to English to capture the nuances of the language.

Sources identified the voice over audio as belonging to Zarif. The individual is heard on the tape say that there are “a thousand possibilities” as to why the plane crashed, including a deliberate attack involving two or three “infiltrators” – a scenario he said “not at all improbable. “.

He is also heard saying in Farsi that the truth about the plane’s destruction will likely never be revealed by the highest levels of the Iranian government and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – an elite wing of the military. of the country overseen by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader and commander-in-chief. The IRGC is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

“There are reasons why they will never be revealed,” he said in Farsi. “They won’t tell us, or anyone else, because if they do it will open doors in the country’s defense systems that it won’t be in the best interests of the nation to say it publicly. “

CBC News obtained a recording of a man identified by sources as Iran’s foreign minister, admitting that the fall of Flight 752 could have been intentional. The Canadian government and security agencies review the recording. 2:49

According to sources, the audio of the private conversation was captured in the months following the destruction of the plane on January 8, 2020, shortly after takeoff in Tehran. All 176 people on board were killed, including 138 people with ties to Canada.

After three days of denial, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has publicly stated that human error is to blame. He said the military took the airliner to a hostile target following a US drone strike that killed a high-ranking Iranian military general in Iraq.

Zarif tweeted Wednesday morning in response to the CBC story, insisting that Iran has always believed there were many possible explanations for the fall, but concluded human error was to blame.

“In the wake of the flight PS72 tragedy, myself and many others insisted that ALL possibilities – including alien infiltration or electronic interference – should be investigated ( false sounds notwithstanding). wrote the minister.

Zarif’s tweet and comments from his spokesperson today are seen as their first public confirmation that Iran has looked at foreign infiltration or electronic interference as possible explanations for the destruction of flight PS752.

In his statement, Khatibzadeh said that “everyone knows” that Zarif stressed “the need to examine all possibilities” at official meetings in the weeks following the crash. He specifically cited “the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada” – an apparent reference to François-Philippe Champagne, the minister at the time.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says Canada is politicizing the destruction of flight PS752. (CBC News)

Iranian official suggests Canada is spreading ‘rumors’

Khatibzadeh also accused Canada of politicizing Flight PS752 and upsetting families.

“Families who have lost loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy endure great sorrow that is not easy to alleviate,” he wrote.

“We call on Canada not to add to the grief of bereaved families every day with such actions and rumors.”

Hamed Esmaeilion, spokesperson for the association representing the families of the victims in Canada, says Zarif is the one causing the grief of the survivors.

“Javad Zarif, his actions and the entire Iranian regime add to the grief of families,” Esmaeilion said. “Nothing is more precious than human life. He says finding the truth can open doors to our defense system. What about human lives?”

Hamed Esmaeilion, his wife Parisa Eghbalian and his daughter Reera Esmaeilion in happier times. Parisa and Reera died on board flight PS752. (Submitted)

Several countries – including Ukraine, where the airline that operated the PS752 is based – have until the end of the month to review Iran’s final report on the security investigation. It is not known when this document will be made public.

The last four interim reports suggested that a long list of human errors and other problems had led the IRGC to mistakenly fire the missile at the commercial aircraft.

Khatibzadeh said Iran’s final security report will be written by “impartial and competent experts.”

“The investigation of air accidents is a completely specialized and technical matter, and by spreading rumors and politicizing the work, it is not possible to impose on public opinion a result in line with toxic political objectives”, did he declare.

Goodale said a forensic review and analysis team was working independently to piece together what led to the disaster.

“What we want to do at the end of the day for families is to bring it all together into a cohesive statement, as strong and clear as possible, about what happened and why it happened.” , Goodale said.

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