Almost two weeks after a Kyiv-bound Ukrainian plane was "mistakenly" shot down by Iran's armed forces west of Tehran, Iranian officials continue to defy global pressure by keeping their grip on the flight recorders recovered from the crash site.
The Iranian civil aviation organization said in its second report of the disaster that it lacks the equipment needed to download data from the model of recorders installed on the USA -built Boeing 737.
"French and US accident investigation agencies have refused to send necessary equipment to Iran for decoding the "black boxes", reads the report.
The five countries also called on Iran to "move the black boxes to a facility with all of the technology and expertise required to quickly and reliably download and analyse the data without delay", as prescribed by global conventions.
Photo taken on January 8, 2020 shows an Iranian soldier working at the crash site of the Ukrainian passenger plane in Parand district, southern Tehran, Iran.
It said it had also sought the transfer of the equipment, but added that neither the BEA nor NTSB had "so far responded positively".
The disaster occurred shortly after Iran launched missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani during an American drone attack in Baghdad on January 3.
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A senior Iranian air force commander took the "full responsibility" for the missile attack that downed a Ukraine International flight.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Winnipeg on Tuesday that Iran did not have the technological capacity or the expertise to analyse the black boxes properly. Representatives from Ukraine and Iran are reportedly set to meet Monday with Iran acknowledging and apologizing for downing the passenger jet.
He included, "But no decision has been taken yet to send the box to another country".
A summary of Champagne's teleconference says Iran is co-operating with foreign experts in the investigation, but it also emphasizes the need for Iran to allow a thorough and credible worldwide investigation. But Washington reimposed U.S. sanctions after withdrawing from the pact in 2018, a move that led to the steady escalation of tension in recent months between the United States and Iran.
Though it first blamed a mechanical failure for the crash, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps eventually admitted the plane was hit by a missile, which prompted a wave of anti-government protests across Iran.
Most of those killed were Iranians.
Iran says it will not negotiate with sanctions in place.