US says Iran sought help over president copter crash

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Monday that arch-enemy Iran sought assistance over a helicopter crash that killed president Ebrahim Raisi, as Washington meanwhile offered condolences despite saying he had “blood on his hands.”

The State Department said Iran, which has had no diplomatic relations with Washington since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution, reached out after Raisi´s aging chopper crashed in foggy weather Sunday. “We were asked by the Iranian government for assistance,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.