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Plane was shot down by Iranian missile says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran killing 176 people was in fact shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missiles, likely unintentionally. 

Trudeau held a press conference today to update Canadians on the state of the investigation and indicated that intelligence from both Canadian sources and others suggests this is what happened. 

"I want to tell Canadians and families that what we have gathered in terms of intelligence does indicate very clearly that this could very well have been an unintentional surface-to-air missile strike," he said to a room full of reporters. 

Trudeau emphasized that this conclusion is based on a preliminary analysis and that a thorough, in-depth investigation is still needed in order to get more answers. 

"We recognize that this may have been done accidentally but that just makes it more important to find out exactly what happened," he said. 

Canada does not have a diplomatic relationship with Iran — ties were cut back in 2012 — so Trudeau said he will continue to work with international partners, including Ukraine, to stay informed as well as continuing to ask for Canadians to be involved in the investigation.

He added that Iran is currently choosing to keep the black boxes but they've agreed to allow Ukrainian investigators to have access to them. 

Trudeau also said Canada will consider steps such as economic sanctions in the case that Iran does not appear to be conducting a thorough, credible investigation. 

"It is now more important than ever to know exactly how this tragedy happened," he said. 

"Canadians want answers. That means transparency, accountability and justice. And we will not rest until we get that."

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