Hamid Baeidinejad says Iran is “confident from our side that there has been no missile launched in that area at that time”.
By Sharon Marris and Andy Hayes
Iranian envoy: ‘We don’t know about validity of videos’
Iran did not shoot down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran, the country’s ambassador to the UK has told Sky News.
Hamid Baeidinejad also questioned the “validity” of footage appearing to show a missile hitting the Boeing jet.
Asked about video of bulldozers said to show the crash site being cleared – obtained by US TV – he said such claims were “absolutely absurd”.
He said: “Plane accidents are a very technical issue.
“I cannot judge, you cannot judge, reporters on the ground cannot judge. Nobody can judge. A foreign minister or a prime minister cannot judge on this issue.”
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Officials in the UK, US, Canada and Australia have said a missile strike is the most likely explanation for Wednesday’s disaster, which killed 176 people, and that it may have been unintentional.
But Mr Baeidinejad said Iran was “confident from our side that there has been no missile launched in that area at that time”.
Source Sky News.