The Press Statment issued by the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo on January 9, 2021, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the disaster of Flight PS752 of Ukrainian International Airlines shot down when it takes off from Teheran Airport in Iran, with 176 deaths.
The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown. The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying tribute to, and calling for justice for, the victims of this atrocious tragedy.
Iran’s own investigation revealed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the plane with two surface-to-air missiles. Yet, a year later, members of the IRGC have yet to be held accountable for taking the lives of 176 innocent civilian passengers and crew onboard. Instead, throughout this prolonged investigation, the regime has continued to protect those in the IRGC who were responsible. We look forward to the day the Iranian authorities values the lives of the Iranian people with the same zeal with which they now cover for their officials’ misdeeds.
We extend our wish for peace and strength to the families and loved ones of the victims, as we express our condolences again to those who continue to grieve their loss.