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General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport on the outskirts of Tehran Iran Trudeau ‘outraged and furious’ following Iran’s admission about Ukrainian jetliner
Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2020, 09:55

The Ukrainian leader also expressed hope that the probe into the tragedy would continue "without artificial delays and obstacles".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Iran must take full responsibility for mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

"We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage", he said.

Britain said its ambassador in Iran had been briefly detained on Saturday by the authorities in Tehran.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the arrest was a "flagrant violation of worldwide law" and repeated calls for Iran to de-escalate tensions.

"The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment", Raab said in a statement.

The chief of Iran's Aviation Organization on Friday had "vehemently" rejected reports that an Iranian missile had hit the Ukranian passenger plane in Tehran's airspace.

"Our 45 experts must be granted complete access and cooperation" during the investigation, Zelensky stressed.

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"Earlier this morning I spoke with Iranian president Rouhani", Trudeau said in a press conference Saturday.

On Jan. 3, a US drone strike in Iraq killed prominent Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, responsible for building up Iran's network of regional proxy armies in Iraq and beyond, and Tehran responded with missile strikes on USA targets in Iraq.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Canada, which has suffered such a devastating loss", the Queen said.

Several hours before the airliner was shot down, Iran had fired a volley of missiles at two bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops.

Public fury at Iran's authorities grew as questions about the plane crash mounted.

Iran's foreign minister, for his part, Saturday offered his country's "profound regrets, apologies and condolences" after the armed forces admitted shooting down a Ukrainian airliner due to "human error".

This meeting takes place against the backdrop of the looming threat of a new round of tensions between Iran and the West.

Ukraine International Airlines said Iran should have closed the airport.