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Image: Iran Warns It Can Attack US 'from Within'Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami

By Drew MacKenzie

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. 

“We have recognized America’s military strategy, and have arranged our abilities, and have identified centers in America (for attack) that will create a shock,” Salami said. “We will conduct such a blow in which they (America) will be destroyed from within.”

Recent reports have suggested that terrorist forces tied to Hezbollah, a strong ally of Iran, have infiltrated the U.S. and have designed specific American targets, according to the Daily Caller.

Salami boasted that if the U.S. takes up its military threats against Iran, the Islamic Republic would then “recognize no boundary for its response.

“The American military option does not make a difference for us, and they can use this option, but they will have to accept the responsibility of devastating consequences,” Salami said.

According to the semi-official Iranian news agency FNA, he went on, “The U.S. can have different scenarios against Iran, including air, missile and limited ground incursion. All these scenarios have been identified, all possibilities have been studied and we have complete intelligence superiority in all these cases and operational strategies.”

He issued the dire threats after Secretary of State John Kerry warned last month that if Iran ignores the short-term treaty with western powers and continues to create a nuclear bomb, “then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do,” reports The Times of Israel.

Salami’s threats came two weeks after the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jafari, had replied to Kerry’s comments, warning that a direct confrontation with America is the “strongest dream of the faithful and revolutionary men around the world.”

Jafari said that American threats “to revolutionary Islam are the best opportunity. Muslim leaders for years have been preparing us for a decisive battle. Do you know how many thousands of revolutionary Muslims at the heart of the Islamic revolutionary groups around the world are awaiting for you to take this (military) option from the table into action?”

Under the recent agreement, the U.S., Britain, Germany, China, France, and Russia promise to ease crippling financial sanctions while Iran vows to reduce uranium enrichment to five percent and end previous production of 20-percent enriched uranium. The western powers are due to meet Iranian officials for more talks on a long-term solution in Vienna on in mid-February.

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