Marks has been made aware of the threat from Iran, according to Politico, but it remains unclear why she is being targeted.
A United States government official told Politico that the Iranian embassy in Pretoria was involved in the plot and Marks had been made aware of the threat.
Iran is dismissing a U.S. report claiming it's behind a plot to assassinate USA ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks.
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"Conversely, it is the United States and the incumbent regime at the White House that has ignored the basic diplomatic principles and has become a rogue regime in the worldwide arena, particularly in recent years, with numerous measures out of line with internationally-accepted methods and norms, including masterminding and implementing tens of plots for assassination and military and intelligence interference, withdrawal from many global agreements, violating the territorial integrity of nations, and the cowardly assassination of General Qassem Soleimani". Marks, a successful businesswoman, does have close ties to President Donald Trump, though, and has been a member of the Mar-a-Lago club for more than two decades.
"We advise the American officials to stop resorting to hackneyed and worn-out methods for anti-Iran propaganda in the worldwide arena", Khatibzadeh said.
The ambassador is reportedly aware of the threat against her life. At the time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US killed Soleimani to reestablish deterrence against Iran.
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Princess Diana with current U.S. ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks.
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.
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.
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It was not immediately clear what alternative methods of retaliation Iran is weighing. She officially assumed office in January, weeks after Soleimani's death.