White House: US 'looks forward to participating' in Olympics in South Korea

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 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.

I think that's an interagency process but I think, ultimately, the President would certainly weight in.

"We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives". "And certainly that's a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for".

Last month, the Trump administration placed North Korea back on the U.S.'s list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the South Korean government said that it would welcome athletes from its northern neighbor to compete in Pyeongchang.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday that the potential for war between the US and North Korea is "increasing every day".

Her tweet reads: "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea".

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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

Some Olympic athletes training for PyeongChang told NBC News in recent weeks that family and friends are increasingly asking them about what rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula means for them. Despite those concerns, a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday morning there have been no discussions about skipping the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee announced the ban after a 17-month investigation into state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation. "We are really confident in this, so this message can be relayed to the athletes by the (National Olympic Committees)".

"There is full support from the United Nations, very positive message coming out of the assembly", said Christophe Dubi, the executive director of the Olympic Games. If hostility with the the communist nation continues at its current trend, it might not be safe to send American athletes to the region. North Korea has yet to indicate whether it will participate, having boycotted the games the previous time South Korea hosted them, in the summer of 1988.

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