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.
"We advise the American officials to stop resorting to hackneyed and worn-out methods for anti-Iran propaganda in the worldwide arena", Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Monday. Intelligence about the alleged threat, which first surfaced in the spring, has become more specific in recent weeks, the news website said, citing an unidentified USA government official.
Marks has been made aware of the threat from Iran, according to Politico, but it remains unclear why she is being targeted.
Princess Diana with current USA ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks.
The CEO and designer of a luxury accessories brand known for producing some of the world's most expensive handbags, she was nominated for the ambassador role by President Donald Trump, who she has known for more than two decades.
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A USA government official told Politico that the Iranian embassy in Pretoria was involved in the plot and Marks had been made aware of the threat.
Intelligence community officials including the Director of National Intelligene (DNI) and CIA declined to comment to Politico on the allegation, and Iran's United Nations mission did not return the news outlet's request for comment. "It's possible the Iranians took her long friendship with Trump into consideration, the US government official said".
Iran's history of carrying out overseas assassinations and taking hostages dates back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, when the current regime seized power.
Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike in January.
A few days later, Iran responded to the assassination, striking the American airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq and another in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.