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Iran foreign minister says plane crash protests due to lies

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, bodies of victims of a Ukrainian plane crash are collected by rescue team at the scene of the crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Two U.S. officials said Thursday that it was "highly likely" that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. President Donald Trump is suggesting he believes Iran was responsible. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

NEW DELHI — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that protests erupted in Iran this month because people were “lied to” about the cause of a commercial plane crash.

The foreign minister, Javad Zarif, was speaking at a global leadership conference in the Indian capital.

Iran said Tuesday that authorities have made arrests in the accidental shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane, which killed all 176 people on board.

The Jan. 8 incident set off protests in the country demanding accountability after officials initially concealed the cause of the crash.

The Associated Press