The Iranian government has been considering assassinating US Ambassador Lana Marks since spring, according to a US government official who spoke to Politico, with threats becoming more specific in recent work. Killing Marks, the ambassador to South Africa, is reportedly just one of Iran’s retaliatory options in response to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack ordered by President Trump earlier this year. Politico reports that Marks, who became ambassador in October last year, is aware of the threat posed by “Duty to Warn”, an intelligence policy that requires American spy agencies to notify potential targets when their lives are in danger. Any violent attack by Iran would have the potential to escalate tensions significantly or force Trump to respond with violence during an already hectic election season.
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