Iran invites global aviation monitor to support crash probe

Video shows protests in Tehran as Trump tweets support

Many on board were Iranians with dual citizenship.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran against cracking down.

Britain said its ambassador in Iran was briefly detained on Saturday, which Iranian media said was because he was inciting protests.

Trump wrote on Twitter late on January 12 that National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien had "suggested today that sanctions protests have Iran "choked off", will force them to negotiate".

The Ukraine International Airlines' Boeing 737-800 was unintentionally shot down by the Iranian military on 8 January, soon after departing from Tehran.

The Guards' top commander, Major General Hossein Salami, briefed parliament about the general's killing, Iran's retaliation and the downing of the airliner, semi-official news agency ISNA said.

There are also questions about why the airspace wasn't closed given Iran had fired missiles at American bases in Iraq on the same day, and why other commercial airlines were operating in the same region. This was in response to President Trump authorizing an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Maj.

Michalski is a graduate student at Western University and a member of the Iranian community who knew Hadis Hayatdavoudi, one of the four Western students killed when Flight 752 went down.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump called for Iran's leaders to exercise restraint.

He mentioned lethal military aid given to Ukraine to defend itself from Russian-backed separatists and Trump's departure from an arms control pact with Moscow and recent tests previous year of a new USA mid-range cruise missile.

"While some Chinese military observers said the operator was left with no choice but to gamble and shoot the suspected missile down to prevent a potential US attack, others said all these mistakes reflected the Iranian military's poor equipment capabilities and incompetent personnel", the Global Times concluded.

"The aircraft came close to a sensitive IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] military centre at an altitude and flight condition that resembled hostile targeting", the statement said. Hezbollah is a key Iranian ally.

"Actually, I couldn't care less if they negotiate".

The Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution Thursday forcing Trump to seek congressional approval before taking any new military measures against Iran.

Trump also has been grilling the Democratic Party and the Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over their harsh criticism directed against him following the killing of Iranian Maj.

His televised speech was delivered Sunday, a week after the Iranian general was killed in a USA drone strike in Baghdad.

"The announcement of the real cause of the Ukrainian plane crash took some time because of the need to investigate all possible theories, including" possible enemy actions during jamming, " hacking systems, " infiltration, "and other related factors", said he reported Iran's Press TV.

He added that the global community has been "very, very clear about needing to have a non-nuclear Iran" but also in "managing the tensions in the region that are brought about by USA actions as well".

The Pentagon chief says Iran's paramilitary Quds Force still presents a threat across the Mideast, but the specific attacks he says were being planned by Soleimani had been "disrupted".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spoke to Rouhani on Saturday, said he demanded that Canada be fully involved in the investigation, including gaining access to the airplane's black boxes, and being allowed to participate in DNA identification of the victims.

The Canada-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has accepted an invitation from the Iranian government and will send experts to join a probe into the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane which killed all 176 people on board.



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