Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told a rally in London that the shooting down of a passenger plane in Tehran was an “appalling act” for which there can be “no excuses”.
Addressing a “No war on Iran” protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, Corbyn said the disaster, which killed 176 people, was “part of a whole pattern of appalling acts across the region”.
He added: “There’s no excuse for shooting down an airliner, there’s no excuse for a targeted assassination by one state against another.”
Iran has admitted its military accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane amid heightened tensions with the United States following the killing of senior Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani in a drone strike on 3 January.
Speaking to about a thousand demonstrators, Corbyn said: “Today let’s recognise the horror that the families of those that died in the airliner travelling from Tehran to the Ukraine are suffering from now.