1. Bomb in a Box On 20 March 2007, North Korean dictator Kim Jongâ”Il blackmails the world’s wealthiest nations, threatening to detonate a 2-kiloton atomic bomb hidden inside a shipping container somewhere in the port city of Hong Kong unless he receives US $50 billion in gold bullion within 48 hours. Kim says in a videotaped message addressed to the U.N. Security Council and broadcast by CNN that any attempt to disarm the device would result in ”a nuclear holocaust for Hong Kong and the crippling of the world trading system.” The threat sends the city of nearly 7 million into a panic, with many deaths reported as people attempt to flee by any means available. Experts calculate that a 2â”kiloton bomb detonated on the ground in Hong Kong would kill more people and destroy more property than the 22â”kiloton airburst that devastated Nagasaki at the end of World War II. That bomb killed an estimated 70 000 civilians and leveled the city center. The ”bomb in a box” scenario is perhaps the worst of all potential terrorist threats. A small atomic device detonated at the Kwai Chung port facility in Hong Kong would indeed kill some 87 000 people within hours,… Read full this story
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