Trump monitoring Iran situation

Trump monitoring Iran situation

Agency News

US President Donald Trump has said the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new 'massacre' as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane.

Iran said earlier it unintentionally downed a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile. The firing came shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American forces.

The Iran President,Mr. Hassan Rouhani, said a military probe into the tragedy had found 'missiles fired due to human error' brought down the Boeing 737, calling it an 'unforgivable mistake.'

At a student protest to pay tribute to the crash victims on Saturday, Iranian authorities briefly detained Britain's ambassador, in what the British government called a violation of international law. He was later released.

Trump told Iranians,in tweets in both English and Farsi, that he stands by them and is monitoring the demonstrations.