The military acknowledged Saturday that the Ukraine International Airlines plane was mistakenly shot down Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard, after denying for days Western claims it was downed by a missile.
Many protesters and individuals were angry that immediately after the crash the government was not forthcoming and waited days before accepting responsibility.
The people of Iran are the ones bearing the brunt of the economic sanctions imposed on the country by the US.
"Later developments changed the game and they had to tell the truth", he said.
From afar it can be upsetting to hear about protests at some universities in Iran, allegedly spawned by anger over the unintentional downing of the commercial aircraft near Tehran.
It also raised a host of new questions, such as why Iran did not shut down its worldwide airport or airspace on Wednesday when it was bracing for the U.S.to retaliate for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing USA troops in Iraq. Another commander said Iran did not intend to hide the cause of the downed plane.
Candles and flowers are displayed with condolences offered to the families of the passengers of the Ukrainian jetliner shot down by Iran by accident at a memorial at the "2020 LA Convention for Free Iran", Jan. 11, 2020. They're denouncing the whole regime - President Rouhani, Ayatollah Khamanei and the whole rotten system of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"In today's Iran, there are two governments", he told VOA.
Other memorials were held Sunday (local time) across the country.
In April 2019, the US government designated the IRGC a terrorist organization.
Criticism of the authorities in Iran is not unusual, but it tends to stay in narrow boundaries. Esper replied: "The president has set no other conditions than to say that we are willing to meet the Iranian government". And we do support those same aspirations for people wherever they are.
The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was shot down near Tehran last Wednesday, shortly after Iran had launched missiles at two airbases housing United States forces in Iraq.
"After successive national traumas in a short time period, people should be allowed to safely grieve and demand accountability", said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran. "We expect the full cooperation of Iranian authorities", Trudeau added.
"Second we need to be more active in terms of reaching out to lawmakers and policymakers in Washington".
Protests inside Iran followed a build-up of tension between Iran and the United States, which withdrew from Tehran's nuclear pact with world powers in 2018 and then toughened up sanctions. A news agency said he was detained outside a university for inciting protests. Mike Lee of Utah said he and other lawmakers were not given specific information about a threat to four embassies during a closed-door briefing with administration officials last week.
Trump, hours earlier, again warned Tehran not to kill protesters, saying, "Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching".
Inside Iran over the weekend, there were no reports of such a response, even as anger among the protesters grew.
Senior congress leaders - the so-called Gang of Eight - were informed on January 8 as skepticism increased about the government's reason for a murder that increased the risk of war with Iran. Furthermore, those on the left likely feel uneasy about the protests in Iran, as they are left scrambling to explain how President Obama's crowning foreign policy achievement known as the Iran Deal could have possibly devolved into such a chaotic and murderous mess.