The BBC’s diplomatic editor Mark Urban told the show that Iran had started the blame game with the US over the crash. After Iran launched an attack on the US base in Iraq, a flight downed near Tehran. It was initially claimed there was a fault with the vessel.
However, it has now emerged that reports suggest Iran may have struck the airplane with a missile.
And in a stunning warning, Mr Urban told Newsnight the latest on developments.
He said: “Now what are the chances of the Iranians going along with that having already nailed their colours to the engine failure.
“I’m told by someone in Whitehall that they believe the Iranians will not cooperate.
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“They already see evidence of the Iranians trying to muddy the water with claims of an American drone in the area.”
He added: “This looks like it could develop into one of those awful like MH17 over Ukraine or the one found by the Americans in 1998 where families have to wait years and years to have a development.”
It comes as Boris Johnson said he had a “body of information” that shows Iran is to blame for the crash.
Downing Street said it had begun looking into “very concerning” reports that the Tehran airplane crash on Thursday.
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Mark Urban on the programme
The US claims the jet was shot down by a missile.
The Prime Minister said: “The loss of life on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 is a tragedy and my thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones.
“Four British nationals were among those who were killed, and we are providing support to their families at this most terrible time.
“There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian Surface to Air Missile.
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He made the comments to the show’s host
“This may well have been unintentional.
“We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation.
“It is vital that there should be an immediate and respectful repatriation of those who’ve lost their lives to allow their families to grieve properly.
“The UK continues to call on all sides urgently to deescalate to reduce tensions in the region.”