Nikki Haley Calls US Presence at South Korea Olympics an 'Open Question'

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

United Nations ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump's withdrawal from migration summit shows his nationalist colors US, South Sudan must stand together for peace Dems plan ambitious campaign for red-state governorships MORE said Wednesday there's still an "open question" as to whether the USA will send its athletes to South Korea in February for the Winter Olympics, citing escalating tensions with North Korea. "And certainly that is a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for".

A senior U.S. official has cast doubt on the United States team attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, in comments which were described as "an insult" to Seoul.

The South Korean town stands just 80 km (50 miles) from the demilitarized zone, the heavily armed border that has divided North and South Korea since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce - meaning the countries are still technically at war.

A set of joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics.

"What we will do is make sure that we are taking every precaution possible, to make sure that they are safe".

The IOC are depending on the success of the Olympic Truce signed last month, despite host nation Russian Federation having invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine during the truce window of the last Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.

"There's an open question".

"There's an open question".

The US military flew a B-1B bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a massive joint aerial drill, in a move seen as a warning to the North. "I really do trust that the Olympic Committee and the State Department are all very diligent and would never put their athletes in harm's way".

"We have to watch this closely, and it's changing by the day", she said. "So we're preparing as if we're going to go". French athletes, however, have said they are optimistic about competing.

Some NBC staffers are wary of signing up for their network's on-site coverage of the Winter Games because "they're afraid to get nuked", the New York Post's Page Six reported Monday, quoting a source.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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