Bandar Abbas, July 3, IRNA – Commander of IRGC’s Imam Sajjad Corps in Bandar Abbas underlined that the US crimes has more than before unveiled Washington’s arrogant behavior.
‘The US crimes in deliberate downing of the Iran’s passenger plane that had taken off from Bandar Abbas to Dubai more than before unveiled the US arrogant behavior to achieve its colonial goals,’ Brigadier General Reza Torabi told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held to commemorate the downing of Iranian passenger jet Airbus 655 that was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on July 3 1988, with 290 passengers onboard was shot down by the American USS Vincennes missile cruiser.
He said that for such regime that undermines all moral and human values the rights of humans and humanity are not important.
The Iranian passenger jet Airbus 655 that was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on July 3 1988, with 290 passengers onboard was shot down by the American USS Vincennes missile cruiser. All the passengers lost their lives with the remaining of their bodies floating on the Persian Gulf waters.
The incident was followed by Tehran’s filing a suit at international bodies, including the United Nations. Despite the existing evidence for the attack being intentional, the world forums ignored the facts. The UN Security Council held a meeting, after 2 days, and the speech made by Iran’s Foreign Minister let the world know about the untrue nature of the US remarks.
Although Iran filed against the US in the United Nations and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), both bodies adopted a politicized attitude and declined to follow up the case legally, they only bothered to sympathize with the bereaved families of the victims.
In a bid to limit the negative impact of its violent action, the US claimed the Iranian passenger plane was a fighter jet and intended to target the American missile cruiser. The then US President, Ronald Reagan, praised the act of the USS Vincennes, but said in a different interview that the American missile cruiser mistakenly shot the Iranian passenger plane.
Iranians mark July the 3rd each year by showering the site of the disaster with flowers.