A good senior U.S. official has cast question over whether U.S. athletes will in a position to compete at the 2018 Cold months Olympics in South Korea amid heightened tensions with the North.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, explained the chance of U.S. sports athletes participating in February was an “open question.”
When asked simply by Fox News Wednesday night time if it had been a “done package” for American sports athletes to participate in South Korea, Haley replied: “I’ve not heard anything about that … But I do know in the talks that people have, whether its Jerusalem or its North Korea, it’s always about how exactly we protect U.S. citizens in the area.”
The Winter Olympics are due to be held from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang. The South Korean area is around 50 miles from the heavily fortified demilitarized area (DMZ) on the border between the two Koreas.
Geopolitical tensions on the Korean Peninsula have increased substantially in recent months after North Korea’s most current missile and nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of overseas pressure and UN resolutions.
The hostile situation regarding North Korea is “changing by the day,” Haley said on Fox News, producing the security of U.S. sports athletes somewhat uncertain. On the other hand, Haley explained President Donald Trump’s administration would try to find the “easiest way” to guarantee the athletes were protected.
On Thursday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry reportedly explained large military drills being completed by the U.S. and South Korea – plus the threats of pre-emptive war against Pyongyang by the U.S. – have manufactured an outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula an “established fact.”