Iran is said to be contemplating an assassination attempt against America's ambassador to South Africa.
The alleged plot has been detailed in intelligence papers which have been seen by U.S. intelligence and government officials.
American officials say they have been aware of threats towards ambassador, Lana Marks, 66, since the spring but the intelligence detail has suddenly become more specific in recent weeks.
U.S. officials say they have been made aware of threats towards the South African ambassador, Lana Marks
The alleged plot revolves around the assassination of Lana Marks and the US Embassy in the South African capital Pretoria, pictured
Lana Marks was a fashion designer and is currently the US ambassador to South Africa, her home country
Marks has been made aware of the threat.
The Iranian embassy in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, is said to be involved in the plot according to Politico.
Such a plot would act as a revenge attack after President Donald Trump decided to kill Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian general, but it might also result in another tit-for-tat attack by Trump in a show of strength, particularly as the U.S. election approaches.
Soleimani was killed by a U.S. drone strike in January. At the time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. killed Soleimani to re-establish a deterrent against Iran.
Soleimani led the Quds Force, a unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that oversees much of the country's military activities outside its borders.
Americans blame him for the death of numerous U.S. troops in the region.
The plot against Marks is believed to be in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, pictured, as he