CANADA’S prime minister Justin Trudeau says he has evidence an Iranian missile shot down a passenger jet killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians.
Iran has claimed a mechanical fault on board the Boeing 737-800 caused Wednesday’s crash, two minutes after it took off from Tehran.
But Mr Trudeau said information from Canadian and ‘other’ intelligence agencies indicated a surface-to-air missile was fired ‘possibly inadvertently’ at the plane.
‘I want answers,’ he told a press conference. ‘I want transparency, accountability and justice, and I will not rest until I get it.’
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has also said he believes it was an Iranian missile that downed Ukraine International Airlines flight 752.
The US president wouldn’t directly lay the blame on the Gulf nation, but told reporters yesterday: ‘I have my suspicions, I don’t want to say that because other people have those suspicions also.
‘It was flying in a pretty rough neighbourhood and somebody could have made a mistake.
‘Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don’t think that’s even a question, personally. So we’ll see what happens.’
He spoke out as two senior US officials said it was ‘highly likely’ it was an Iranian missile that had shot Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 out of the sky.
Although they had no immediate information on whether Iran meant to take out the plane, the pair cited US intelligence to say an anti-aircraft missile had probably done so.
Last night, Boris Johnson backed Mr Trudeau’s call for transparency.
The prime minister said: ‘There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may well have been unintentional.’
He added: ‘Four British nationals were among those killed and we are providing support to their families at this most terrible time.’