Iranian 'plot' to kill US ambassador to SA Lana Marks unlikely

US expert Brooks Spector speculates US intel may have picked up informal chatter, but is unlikely to be a formal Iranian plot.

US magazine Politico reported allegations of an attempted plot to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, in retaliation for the United States killing the Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in a January drone attack, based on US intelligence sources.,

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On Monday, Lester Kiewit spoke to Naeem Jeenah, director at Afro-MiddleEast Centre, who said it needs to be taken 'with a pinch of salt'. He argued that South Africa is one of Iran's few friends and it seemed unlikely it would put that good relationship in jeopardy by orchestrating such action on South African soil.

Jeenah also noted that Iran was unlikely to consider Marks a political equivalent to Soleimani.

He adds that it is more likely a ploy by the United States to send a message to the South African government about its relationship with Iran.

SA State Security Agency has stated that the matter is receiving the necessary attention.

Kiewit now talks to and Associate Editor of Daily Maverick and former US Diplomat, Brooks Spector.

Spector notes that Politico is known to be a reasonable publication not given to wild innuendos.

He notes the SSA's statement was the expected response.

Spector says he is entering completely speculative waters when he suggests perhaps this was something hatched in the 'shadier and darker edges of the world.'

He notes that when Soleimani was killed by the Americans in Iraq, the Iranians did say there would be an accounting for this death.

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