The Islamic Republic of Iran has been accused of plotting to kill the American ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, allegedly in retaliation for the US’s killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January. Politico reported on 13 September that Iran was planning to assassinate Marks, a long-time friend of US President Donald Trump, while Newsflash reports that Marks has been warned about the threats to her life and Iran’s extensive spy network in South Africa. BBC Africa reports though that Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has dismissed the report.