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Maple Leaf CEO flays U.S. government after Iran plane crash

Iran retaliated with missile strikes on US military positions in Iraq, then hours later, Iran fired on Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752, killing all 176 on board, the majority of them en route to Canada via Kiev.

Fifty-seven of the victims were Canadian.

The CEO of packaged meats company Maple Leaf Foods took aim at President Trump over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet by Iran on Sunday, blaming the US for destabilizing the region and inflaming tensions with Tehran.

McCain said he feels that "a narcissist in Washington" destabilized the region, ultimately leading to the crash.

"The world knows Iran is a risky state, but the world found a path to contain it; not ideal but by most accounts it was the right direction", McCain tweeted, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - also known as the Iran nuclear deal - from which Trump withdrew in 2018.

He says there are multiple levels of risk when a business leader enters a political debate, including backlash from Canadian and American consumers, as well as possible retaliation from the US government.

The series of events he is referring to began with a US airstrike that killed Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani in on January 3, leading to an escalation of tension between Iran and the USA early last week.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to investigate the error and compensate the families of those killed in the crash, which he called an "unforgivable mistake".

The plane was mistakenly shot down minutes after taking off from an airport on the outskirts of Tehran.

The father of five said he's "very angry" and "livid", echoing comments of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, when he said he was "outraged" and "furious" after Iran admitted it shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

Speaking on the sidelines of an official visit to Singapore on Monday, Vadym Prystaiko said the five nations would also discuss compensation and the investigation into the incident. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed at escalated tensions with the United States.

His spokesperson, Janet Riley, said that after careful consideration from the CEO, "he asked us to post it and we did". There were 57 Canadians on the flight, with 138 passengers on their way to Canada. Canada has previously said these four countries and Britain had established a coordination group to support victims' families.

But many Iranian citizens have blamed the nation's leaders for the civilian deaths.

"As the editor of Iran's Front Page, Abas Aslani, recently tweeted "'13 scenarios for revenge over the assassination of #QasemSoleimani have so far been discussed in #Iran's Supreme National Security Council & even if all agree on the weakest scenario, it will bring an historic nightmare for America, ' said the council's secretary (Ali) Shamkhani".

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