A top Iranian military leader says the Islamic Republic has terrorist sleeper cells in the United States that are ready to launch attacks on key population “centers” once given the command from Tehran.

Though he stressed that the attacks would only come if the Islamic Republic is attacked first, the speech seems at odds with Iran’s recent diplomatic outreach with the Obama administration, which has resulted in an interim deal designed to at least temporarily halt their development of nuclear weapons.

“America, with its strategic ignorance, does not have a full understanding of the power of the Islamic Republic,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards commander, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, warned in a televised interview reported by The Daily Caller. 

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