After previously denying the claim, and amid lots of speculation and intelligence reports, Iran has now admitted to accidentally shooting down the Ukrainian passenger plane that had 176 people onboard, a mistake that left no survivors.
Unfortunately, the Twitter apology and admission of guilt also came with Iran’s foreign minister blaming American adventurism for their own human error. Instead of owning up to it 100%, he blamed their mistakes on the United States.
Iran officials stated the mishap of shooting down a passenger plane by accident was nothing more than “human error” and that it was done “unintentionally” – but it was because of that “U.S. [adventurism]” as per a report on Fox News:
The announcement, which cited “human error” for the strike, came Saturday via Iranian state television and referred to a statement from the military, according to The Associated Press.
Separately, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, blamed “human error” caused by “U.S. adverturism” for the strike, according to a message posted Saturday on Twitter.
Javad Zarif said on Twitter, “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:
Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster
Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
So basically, Iran is blaming America for their mistake of shooting down a passenger plane by accident.
This is not going over well with the replies in his post.
Remember that time you shot down a passenger plane by accident and said sorry on Twitter?
— Frank Doge 🍥 (@RealFrank215) January 11, 2020
By "US adventurism" you mean "Iranian attack on US forces."
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) January 11, 2020
The US made you fire the rocket at that plane? Nice try. Delete your account.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 11, 2020
Oh yes.. blame the U.S. pic.twitter.com/qSaB1JcDId
— (JC) @passion_iii (@Hxnxnah) January 11, 2020
Yeah, I’m sure a Twitter apology ought to do it! Said no one ever.
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) January 11, 2020