Zarif says Ukraine jet black boxes can’t be decoded without Iran

Bloomberg – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country won’t let the flight recorders of the Ukrainian jet that was shot down in January leave Iran and be decoded without the presence of Islamic Republic envoys.

“We have a right to keep the black boxes ourselves. We have a right to be present during any assessment of the black boxes. We certainly won’t allow for the black boxes to be given to others so they can be read without us,” Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Tehran, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Zarif said Iran is in touch with the Ukrainian government and various laboratories, trying to establish to what extent it can ensure its on-site involvement at every stage of the investigation.