Iran denies plot to assassinate U.S. ambassador Marks

Iran denies plot to assassinate U.S. ambassador Marks

The Iranian government is weighing a plot to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, a report said yesterday.

"America now enjoys the greatest position of strength regarding Iran we've ever been in", he said, pointing to the damage done to the Iranian economy by USA sanctions that Trump re-imposed following his withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have been at an all-time high for months, as U.S. officials have kept up a campaign of pressure against the Iranian government by rolling back sanctions previously relaxed under the U.S. -Iran nuclear agreement, signed under the Obama administration, which the Trump administration announced plans to exit in 2018.

Tensions continued to rise between the two countries in the wake of the strike, with the USA ramping up sanctions on Iran and attempting to extend a United Nations arms embargo on the country, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal.

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

She was also a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

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

You can read the full Politico report here. An intelligence community directive known as "Duty to Warn" requires USA spy agencies to notify a potential victim if intelligence indicates their life could be in danger; in the case of US government officials, credible threats would be included in briefings and security planning.

General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were killed in U.S. airstrikes at Baghdad's global airport on January 3.

The two countries have since stepped up tit-for-tat attacks on military sites inside Iraq.

According to American publication Politico, the Iranian government has been planning an assassination attempt.

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