CLOSEU.S. participation in 2018 Winter Games an 'open query'

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With tensions between the United States and North Korea escalating, whether or not or now not Team USA athletes will likely be taking part in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is entering query.

Speaking on Fox News, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated it is an “open question” if U.S. Olympic athletes will likely be in South Korea and competing come February.

“I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives,” Haley stated in the interview. “And surely that could be a very best alternative for they all to move and do one thing they have got labored so laborious for.

“What we will be able to do is make certain that we’re taking each and every precaution imaginable, to make certain that they’re secure.”

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This sentiment comes as North Korea says nuclear struggle at the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if. This was once a reaction to a joint army workout between the U.S. and South Korea involving many complex warplanes.

The U.S. has most effective boycotted the Olympics Games as soon as. That came in 1980, when the Games had been held in the Soviet Union, and as a reaction to that nation’s invasion of Afghanistan.

In September, France indicated that it would not compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics if protection may now not be assured and the state of North Korea’s atomic guns program intensified.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this document.

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