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EghtesadOnline: Iran’s foreign ministry has released a statement to mark the 29th anniversary of the downing of its commercial airliner by a United States Navy guided-missile cruiser back in 1988.

According to ISNA, hHere is the full text of the statement:

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry condemns the cowardly and inhumane action of the US Navy that shot down an Iranian passenger plane on July 3, 1988, and also commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of the terrible crime’s victims.

A look at the United States’ long history of inhumane killing of innocent people around the world, including the innocent people of Iran, shows that adopting anti-human behavior to achieve one's goals has become institutionalized among different US administrations.

The Iranian nation believes the perpetrators of this tragic event are irrational pretenders who commit crimes under the cover of protecting human rights and defending nations, while they have to be held accountable for their anti-human behaviors.

 At the end, we pay tribute to the martyrs of this painful tragedy and express our sympathy to the families of the victims of this anti-human crime, announcing that the Iranian nation has never forgotten this tragedy, and will not forgive its perpetrators.

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