Iran’s FM Mohammed Javad Zarif: ‘We Were Very Close To War’

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Speaking to NBC News’ Richard Engel, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accepted Iran’s responsibility for shooting down a passenger plane over Tehran, but defended his country’s refusal to hand over the aircraft’s black box.

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  1. He should have told clearly, what exactly Iran wants to get from the black box data: it is information, why the transponder switched off, making the plane a target in the AD system. Also the deviation from the flight path would be something to be clarified. Was it by human input or by remote control or autopilot?
    The risk is high, that meddling with the plane would be the outcome of such investigation, therefore no access is provided.

  2. I did not like the accusatory attitude of Richard Engel but at least NBC allowed the interview to air.
    FOX would never have entertained the idea that there are two sides to the story.
    Iran is justified in my opinion (FM Zarif) as this is the case (Ukraine- PS752/UIA752) where there is a definitive question regarding possible EM interference (jamming) by hostile actors (? Israel? U.S., allies). The black box could revel the timing questions involved in jamming issues that might have caused the control agency monitoring equipment outages in relation to cockpit communication failures (radio/transponder outages) and the actual time of missile strike to the aircraft.
    Iran needs objective analysts/witnesses to the data extracted from the Black Box and representatives from all concerned countries to witness the validity of the objectivity exercised in the analysis of that data. They should not proceed without that legal insurance.