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An Opportunity in Iran’s Latest Tragedy

Trump should allow American experts to join the investigation into the crash of the Ukrainian airliner.

A national tragedy.

A national tragedy.

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Iran has sought international assistance in the investigation of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which killed all 176 people onboard on Wednesday. But the ongoing tensions between Washington and Tehran threaten to prevent the involvement of American experts in the investigation of what brought down the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board faces two quandaries. It must determine whether the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran prohibit engagement with Iranian authorities in the investigation, and whether it is safe to send investigators to the crash site at a time when the two countries are in a heightened state of confrontation.