US claims Iran plotting to kill ambassador to SA, Lana Marks

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US South African ambassador Lana Marks.
US South African ambassador Lana Marks.
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The story: Iran is said to be plotting to kill the US' ambassador to South Africa, amid escalating tensions between both countries since the US withdrew from a nuclear deal reached with multiple countries.

The details: According to reports, the threat against Marks is supposedly in retaliation for the US' killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January. 

The background: The US claims that drone strike that killed Soleimani was never intended to do so, rather it was intended as a deterrent to Iranian aggression. In retaliation to the killing, Iran launched several rockets at US bases in Iraq, according to reports. 

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