USA attendance of 2018 Olympics 'open question' amid North Korea tensions - Haley

Violet Powell
December 8, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the US "looks forward to participating" in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"Anywhere we go I wish we didn't have to worry about what things could happen", said Jamie Greubel Poser, who won bronze in women's bobsled at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russian Federation.

"What have we always said - we don't ever fear anything. We have that, and certainly that's a flawless opportunity for all of them to go and do something they worked so hard for".

According to a report, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is reportedly saying she's not certain we should send our athletes to the Olympics.

The announcement came shortly after she suggested in a press briefing that the America may not compete in Pyeongchang amid escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea.

Sanders posted the message minutes after telling reporters at the daily White House briefing that no official decision had been made.

The Games are scheduled to run February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, just 50 miles from the North Korean border.

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Asked on Fox News if athletes from the United States would be able to compete, Ms. Haley said: "There's an open question".

"We have not had any discussions, either internally or with our government partners, about the possibility of not taking teams to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games", he said in a statement.

When asked if a final decision on participation had yet been made, Haley added: "There's an open question".

"Our preparations continue in earnest and, as with all Games, we will continue to work with our State Department and local organisers to ensure that our athletes, and our entire delegation, are safe", USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.

"We have to watch this closely, and it's changing by the day". Last month, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt an Olympic Truce for the games, in order to create "the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace".

The U.S. this week has run military drills with South Korea by flying dozens of planes in a show of force.

Global tensions are heating up as the Winter Olympics draw closer. The North Korea situation is obviously fluid and can change quickly, but at this point, there's little to suggest the US won't be sending athletes to PyongChang.

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