No evidence of alleged Iranian plot to kill US envoy: SA
Published: 08:58 PM, 19 September 2020
US media have accused Iran of plotting to assassinate the US ambassador to Pretoria, Lana Marks, however, South Africa's state security agency said it had found no evidence in that case.
"At present, the information provided is not sufficient to sustain the allegation that there is a credible threat against the United States Ambassador to South Africa," State Security Agency spokesman Mava Scott said in a statement on Friday, AFP reported.
A few days ago the Politico news magazine alleged that Tehran was planning to kill Marks before the US presidential election to avenge Washington’s assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq early this year.
The article based on US intelligence reports claimed that Marks had likely been chosen due to her closeness to US President Donald Trump.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry categorically rejected the “baseless” allegations as part of American officials’ “hackneyed and outworn methods to create Iranophobic atmosphere in the international arena.”
After the report was published in Politico magazine, US President Donald Trump said that if Iran implemented such a plan, they would launch a thousand times stronger attack on the country.