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Ukrainian airliner was mistakenly downed by Iranian missile: US

US officials have said that the Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defence missiles.
American satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.
Washington believes the downing of the plane was accidental. US President Donald Trump also said that the crash could have been a mistake.
Ukraine has outlined four potential scenarios to explain the crash, including a missile strike.
Iran has challenged international suggestions that the Ukrainian airliner was mistakenly downed by an Iranian missile.
Multiple intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down the Boeing airliner after it took off from Tehran on 8 January, 2020.
 
2nd phase US-China trade deal may come after US elections: President Donald Trump:
US President Donald Trump has said that negotiations for the second phase of a pending US-China trade deal will begin promptly but the outcome may wait until after this year`s elections.
Mr Trump`s remarks come days before Beijing`s trade envoy is due in Washington to sign a phase one agreement, marking a pause in the two sides` nearly two-year trade war.
After efforts to reach a grand bargain proved elusive last year, the two sides agreed in December to a partial deal addressing only some of Washington`s grievances about Chinese trade practices.
As part of the Phase One deal, China has committed to a minimum of 200 billion US Dollars in increased purchases over the next two years from the United States.
US House of Representatives votes to curb President Trump war power on Iran:
The US House of Representatives has approved a symbolic resolution seeking to limit President Donald Trump`s ability to make war on Iran.
The measure passed the Democratic-run chamber 224-194 but faces an uphill task in the Republican-held Senate.
It aims to mandate congressional approval for any conflict with Iran except in cases of an imminent attack against the US.
 
Nepal is following recent developments in West Asian region with serious concern:
The Government of Nepal is following with serious concern the recent
Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued, the region hosts a large number of Nepali migrant workers and therefore, security and safety of Nepali people in the region becomes a matter of utmost priority for Nepal.
It has called upon all sides to exercise restraints from taking measures and actions that contribute to the escalation of tension and endanger peace and stability in the region.
It has been a principled position of Nepal that all disputes and differences must be resolved through peaceful means.
 
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