The Chinese government has revealed for the first time that it has nuclear submarines capable of attacking cities throughout the United States.

Last week, state-run Chinese news agencies – such as China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily – ran identical reports about the ‘awesomeness’ of the People’s Liberation Army’s submarine force.

‘This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our first-generation underwater nuclear force,’ the Global Times said in a lengthy article titled ‘China for the First Time Possesses Effective Underwater Nuclear Deterrence against the United States.’

Chinese news agencies also reported on the Army’s lethal intentions should it ever use the nuclear weapons the submarines are capable of launching.

‘Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,’ the Global Times said. ‘The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans.

But West Coast cities aren’t the only metropolitan areas in the U.S. that face the threat of a nuclear attack from the Chinese, according to the country’s state-run media.