Politico has reported that the Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, US intelligence reports say, according to a USA government official familiar with the issue and another official who has seen the intelligence.
According to American Publication Politico, the Iranian government has been planning an assassination attempt.
Politico reported Sunday that a USA government official who has seen the intelligence and another familiar with intelligence reports confirmed the reported plot, which if carried out would represent a major escalation of the simmering conflict between US and Iranian forces. But the country, which is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, has begun concentrating on the plan to murder Marks, with details becoming more specific over recent weeks.
Marks was a member of Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Florida before she was nominated as ambassador by the president in 2018.
Noting that "such baseless claims are part of the Trump administration's counter-intelligence campaign against Iran", he said, "The US regime's reliance on anti-Iranian accusations and lies in on the threshold of the presidential election, and at the same, its bullying to the UN Security Council to increase pressure on the Iranian people, was predictable".
The ambassador is reportedly aware of the threat against her life.
The drone assassination of Soleimani was intended as a deterrent to Iranian aggression, the US State Department asserted at the time.
According to a 2015 directive known as the "Duty to Warn", US intelligence agencies are required under law to warn individuals if they are known to face an imminent risk of murder, kidnapping or serious bodily harm.
The ambassador, Lana Marks, is a maker of pricey designer handbags and a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
The latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two nations in decades of confrontations was borne originally from the airstrike that killed Soleimani for which Iran promised to retaliate.