Malaysia’s defense minister has announced the country will demand justice for the 298 people on board downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the United Nations General Assembly next week. 

"We will seek justice not only for Malaysians but also for all the nationals of the other countries who were killed," Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday.  

He added that Prime Minister Najib Razak would address the assembly in New York and discuss the issue with other leaders such as United States President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Netherlands’ premier Mark Rutte. 

 "We are on the right platform to demand justice and bring to book those responsible for downing the aircraft. No one can deny us this right,” he stressed. “Let's wait for the developments at the United Nations.”

The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Amsterdam crashed July 17 in eastern Ukraine’s troubled Donetsk region near the border with Russia, killing all 298 people – 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers - on board.

Alongside 43 Malaysians, the passengers had included 193 Dutch citizens and 27 Australians, as well as nationals from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand.

According to a preliminary report by Dutch authorities released in early September, the aircraft had been penetrated from outside by a large number of high-energy objects, leading PM Najib to stress the need for a detailed investigation to confirm the report’s finding.

Neither of the parties involved in armed disturbances in the area -- Ukraine or pro-Russian rebels -- have come forward to claim responsibility for the suspected attack.