News ID: 255185
Published: 0303 GMT July 02, 2019

Iran marks anniversary of US downing of Iranian passenger plane

Iran marks anniversary of US downing of Iranian passenger plane

Iran marked the 31st anniversary of US downing of an Iranian passenger plane on Tuesday.

Iran Air Airbus A300 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from the USS Vincennes warship over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988. The attack claimed the lives of 290 civilians, including 66 children and 53 women, IRNA reported.

Iran Air Flight 655 that took off from Bandar Abbas Airport in southern Iran was en route to Dubai.

The commemoration ceremony was attended by a number of Iranian lawmakers, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

Addressing the ceremony, Larijani enumerated Washington’s “calculation mistakes” in dealing with Iran over the past years, including THE 1988 downing of a passenger plane with 290 people on board, designing a coup in 1953 against the democratically-elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and supporting ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his regime’s eight-year war on Iran, Press TV reported.

He said the US needs to realize that bullying tactics will only lead the Iranian people to close their ranks and stand more united in the face of America’s hostilities.

“The problem with Americans is that they are not well familiar with the Middle East and the Iranian nation, and imagine if they send a handful of warships to the region, they can break the will of the nation, but Iranians showed that they have a united resolve,” he said.

Larijani also denounced anti-Iran policies adopted by the administration of US President Donald Trump, adding that experts with different viewpoints inside Iran have today come to the conclusion that the US “harbors enmity” toward the Islamic Republic.

“This turned into a point of unity (among Iranians) and united everyone in the idea that we must stand our ground,” he added. “Trump should realize when he speaks to a civilized nation with bullying language, that nation strengthens its unity.”

Recently, the US has taken a quasi-warlike posture against Iran and stepped up its provocative military moves in the Middle East.

In May, Washington dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber task force, and an amphibious assault ship to the Persian Gulf, citing an alleged Iranian threat.



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