TEHRAN (Dispatches) - The Iranian Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday rejected the allegations raised by the U.S. media that Tehran was weighing plans to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa in revenge for the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimeni, saying that releasing such reports is a fruitless policy.
"World has not forgotten the lies of U.S. intelligence agencies to initiate Iraq war. This worn-out policy no longer has a buyer. Especially, while the head of Trump’s foreign policy team is also one of those liars and even the great liar,” the Iranian embassy wrote on its twitter page.
It also reminded the remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his earlier post as the CIA director, when he said, "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, and we stole.”
A report by Politico on Monday cited the U.S. officials as claiming that the "Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa” in retaliation for the assassination of General Soleimeni.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry was quick to strongly reject the allegation hours later.
"Such baseless remarks are part of the Trump administration’s counter-intelligence campaign against Iran. The U.S. regime’s resort to allegations and lies against Iran on the threshold of the U.S. presidential election and concurrent with its pressures to use the UN Security Council mechanisms with the aim of increasing pressure on the Iranian nation was predictable,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
Meantime, a spokesman for South Africa’s Foreign Ministry said the U.S. official’s allegation took Pretoria by surprise.
"We only became aware of this report this morning,” Lunga Ngqengelele said by phone.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor may issue a statement later, he added.