WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today released the following statement on reports that the Iranian government is considering an assassination attempt against U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks. The report comes as the Iranian government continues to seek ways to retaliate for the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this year.

“I’m deeply concerned by press reports of an Iranian plot to attack the United States’ ambassador to South Africa. While I have not been officially briefed on this alleged Iranian plot, I consider this threat credible based on previous attempts by Iran to target diplomats in other countries. Make no mistake, General Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemembers, and the United States will not tolerate Iranian attacks on American citizens anywhere. 

“I will be in direct contact with both South African and U.S. officials about this threat, and I urge the South African government to work with American officials to prevent any attack or assassination attempt and to keep all U.S. personnel safe.”