Iran Admits to Downing Airplane, Sparking Renewed Anti-Government Protests

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"If there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families", said Trudeau.

"This is something that happens when you have conflict and war", he continued.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also avoided pinning any blame on Trump when asked directly about it by reporters, as he was over the weekend. If Iranian officials choose to shoot at protesters again, as Trump said, "the world is watching", and they may face harsh reactions as many countries are still focused on Iran following Soleimani's death. Washington accused pro-Iran militia and launched air strikes that killed at least 25 fighters. Canada has troops in Iraq as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission. While the Trump administration has described the Soleimani strike as a defensive measure against impending Iranian attacks, Democrats and some Republicans say it was not justified because there was no imminent Iranian threat.

The goal of the meeting will be for looking at ways to demand justice for the victims of the crash.

The announcement came shortly after Iran's President called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board, meanwhile, said Monday that Iranian officials have invited it to participate in analysis of the voice and flight data recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner.

"In this investigation - and I want to be clear about this - we do not yet fully know what the scope of our role will be", Fox said in a news conference. "It remains to be seen how far that will go".

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. But she said that the Canadian team would speak out if it had concerns about the transparency of the investigation or its findings. In times of such heightened tensions, the regime should have closed off Iranian airspace for commercial flights - many worldwide airlines themselves had made a decision to avoid flying over the country.

"The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of global law", the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

The strike led to an Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi air bases housing USA personnel five days later and raised the specter of a wider regional conflict.

One of Canada's top business leaders has lashed out at US President Donald Trump over the shooting down of an airliner by Iran last week.

The aircraft was shot down just hours after Iran launched air strikes against two military bases in Iraq where US forces, and also some Canadians, are stationed.

The commander went on to suggest the government could have waited "two or three months" before announcing the real cause of the crash, to allow the Guard more time to bask in public support after the killing of Qasem Soleimani and the missile barrage fired against United States forces in Iraq. Among the passengers, 138 were scheduled to fly to Canada on a connecting flight from Kyiv. They are also mourning the dead, which included many young people who were studying overseas. The youngest was a 1-year-old girl.

Ukraine's foreign minister said that five countries whose citizens died in the crash, which killed all 176 people aboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight, will meet in London on Thursday to discuss possible legal action.

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