Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned Tuesday the U.S. is now centered on undermining Iran's capabilities amid new reported threats that Tehran plan to assassinate U.S. diplomats – a shift from prior assertions that President Donald Trump's resolution to kill influential Iranian navy chief Qassem Soleimani had "re-establishing deterrence" in opposition to the regime in Tehran. "The Iranians didn't want an motion by the U.S. to conduct assassination campaigns world wide," Pompeo mentioned at an occasion organized by the Atlantic Council. "What now we have finished is attempt to construct out a set of understandings that denies the regime capabilities." Pompeo was responding to a report first in Politico over the weekend, citing unnamed intelligence officers, that Iran is contemplating a focused killing of U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks – a longtime affiliate of Trump's – in retaliation for the early January U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani outdoors Baghdad Worldwide Airport, together with an influential pro-Iranian Iraqi militia chief. The actual fact such delicate intelligence turned public has led many to consider that a minimum of some ingredient of the Trump administration noticed the leak as an efficient approach to warn Iran in opposition to pursuing such motion. Trump in a tweet late Monday night time cited the press stories and issued a brand new warning in opposition to Tehran: "Any assault by Iran, in any kind, in opposition to the USA will likely be met with an assault on Iran that will likely be 1,000 occasions larger in magnitude!" The Trump administration has shifted its justification for the provocative resolution to kill Soleimani a number of occasions for the reason that Jan. 3 strike. Officers first claimed the transfer was designed to cease an assault in opposition to unspecified American pursuits that Soleimani himself was orchestrating. That modified when navy officers revealed they believed some form of assault would happen however that they didn’t know when or the place, or in opposition to what or whom. Pompeo himself, days after the strike, backed away from claims of an imminent assault and reasonably claimed it was in response to a sample of conduct by Soleimani and different Iranian leaders. Per week later Pompeo defined that the strike was designed to determine "actual deterrence" in opposition to Iran as a result of its "malign exercise." "President Trump and people of us in his nationwide safety workforce are re-establishing deterrence – actual deterrence ‒ in opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran," Pompeo mentioned in a speech on Jan. 13.Trump himself muddied the rationale behind killing Soleimani in his late-night tweet on Monday, attributing it to "his planning a future assault, murdering U.S. Troops, and the loss of life & struggling…brought on over so a few years." Iran has in latest months feared its response to the killing of the influential chief, who oversaw Iran's huge networks of proxy forces across the globe and was seen by many in Iran as a figurehead of its revolutionary authorities, has been inadequate and that it must actual a extra highly effective type of retaliation to take care of its legitimacy.