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September 15, 2020 - US President Donald Trump has promised a US response "of a thousand times greater magnitude" to any attack from Iran, after press reports about an alleged Tehran plan to assassinate a US diplomat.

"Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be followed by an attack on Iran that is a thousand times stronger!" Trump tweeted last night.

Meanwhile, US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said last night that he is taking information on the alleged Iranian plan "seriously", information that Tehran dismisses as "unfounded".

According to the Politico news site, which cites two US officials on condition of anonymity, US intelligence services believe the Iranian government is considering an attempt to assassinate US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, who is close to President Donald Trump.

The threat, detected since the spring, has become more specific in recent weeks, according to Politico sources, as Tehran intends to avenge the death of its powerful general Qassem Soleimani, killed in January by an American attack on Trump's orders. 

 "We take these kinds of statements seriously," Mike Pompeo told Fox News.

"We know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the first state in the world to support terrorism and that they have already carried out this type of assassination in Europe and elsewhere," he added.

"We will do everything in our power to protect each of our State Department officials," Pompeo continued, warning Iran: "Attacking an American, wherever he is, whoever he is and at any time, whether he is a diplomat, a ambassador or a soldier, it is totally unacceptable. "