Late Monday night, Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran amid reports that U.S. intelligence officials believe that an assassination plan has been created by Tehran.
Intelligence officials believe that Tehran is planning the assassination of a U.S. ambassador. Trump warned that his administration’s response would be “1,000 times greater in magnitude.”
“According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attacks, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani, which was carried out for his planning a future attack, murdering U.S. Troops, and the death & suffering caused over so many years,” Trump tweeted.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!” Trump added.
Over the weekend the media outlet Politico reported that two unidentified sources confirmed the plot. One official stated that the “Iranian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, is involved in discussions about possibly assassinating the U.S. ambassador in the country, Lana Marks.”
The source added that intelligence has become more specific in recent weeks.
Politico also reported that U.S. officials have been aware of the assassination threat for several months.
Reportedly, Marks is just one of several U.S. ambassadors that could be targeted.
Earlier this year tension between the U.S. and Iran was high after a drone strike by the U.S. killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani back in January. The strike brought the two countries to the brink of war.
Trump called Soleimani an “imminent threat” to the U.S., but never provided evidence to back up those claims.