Iran’s top diplomat says its people ‘were lied to,’ president cites possible danger to European soldiers

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Iran’s top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to” for days after the Islamic Republic shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing the 176 people aboard including 57 Canadians, before admitting to it later in what it has called an accident. The comments by Javad Zarif in New Delhi represent the first time an Iranian official referred to the earlier story that a technical malfunction downed the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 as a lie. Iran’s president has also warned European soldiers in the Mideast “could be in danger” after three nations challenged Tehran over breaking limits of its nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks in a televised cabinet meeting represent the first direct threat he’s made to Europe.