Ukraine to Force Iranian Authorities to Pass Black Box from Crash for Investigation

Ukraine will force Iran to hand over the black boxes from the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane at a meeting with visiting Iranian officials on Monday, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko informed reporters.

Ukraine would convey the message to Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami, that returning the black boxes would present that Iran wanted an honest investigation of the crash, Prystaiko stated.

Iran had said Sunday it was trying to review the black boxes from the jetliner its navy shot down this month, denying an earlier report it might give them to Ukraine.

A lot of these killed had been Iranians with dual citizenship; however, Iran doesn’t recognize dual citizenship, and on Monday stated it could treat the victims as Iranian nationals.

Canada, which had 57 citizens on the flight, mentioned there were still no firm plans for downloading the recorders.

The January 8 plane catastrophe has heightened worldwide pressure on Iran as it fights with a protracted conflict with the U.S. over its nuclear plans and its influence in the area that briefly exploded into open conflict this month.

The Iranian military has stated it shot Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 in error in the aftermath of tit-for-tat offensives by the U.S. and Iran. However, agencies delayed admitting this, prompting days of demonstrations on Iran’s streets.

Ukraine held a ceremony at Kiev’s Boryspil airport Sunday as the bodies of 11 residents, including nine crew, had been returned to Ukraine.