Iran Considering Assassination of US Ambassador to S Africa

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran is said to be considering a plan to kill Lana Marks, the United States ambassador to South Africa, reports say.

News of the plot comes as Iran continues to seek ways to retaliate for President Donald Trump's decision to kill a powerful Iranian general earlier this year, the officials said.

According to an unnamed official, the Iranian embassy in the South African city of Pretoria is involved in the plot, which is believed to be a retaliation for the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike last January.

Marks has been made aware of the threat from Iran, according to Politico, but it remains unclear why she is being targeted.

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USA intelligence officials reportedly believe that Iranian officials are considering a plan to assassinate the US ambassador to South Korea in retaliation for the USA killing of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in January.

Still, attacking Marks is one of several options US officials believe Iran's regime is considering for retaliation since the general, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated by a USA drone strike in January.

Politico reported Sunday that a US 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 USA and Iranian forces. It's believed to be one of several attempts being considered by the Iranian government, which operates clandestine networks in South Africa, the officials told Politico.

He underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as it has repeatedly stated, "will continue the pursuit of the cowardly assassination of General Soleimani at all legal worldwide levels and will neither forgive nor forget this terrorist act".

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