Iran assured international fliers Tuesday its skies are “safer than any other time for domestic and foreign flights” as Iran Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi sought to absolve the Islamic regime’s leadership from fault over the downing of a Ukrainian airliner last week.
“Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces (Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) has called for coordination between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and other Armed Forces of the country to ensure accuracy of the air defense system,” Major General Mousavi said.
An earlier statement said an “expert investigation” by the Iranian military claimed the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 came after it was wrongly identified, “as a hostile flying object that was approaching a sensitive center” and this was due to low-level “human error” that had nothing to do with the country’s senior leadership.
“Following threats by the criminal U.S. president and military commanders to strike a large number of targets on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territory in case of an Iranian attack and due to the unprecedented aerial movements in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces were on highest levels of alert to respond to any possible threats,” the statement said.
“In the early hours after the missile attack, military flights of the U.S. terrorist forces increased around the country and defense units received some reports about flying objects that were moving towards the country’s strategic centers as several targets appeared on radar screens which made the air defense units more sensitive,” it added.