HONG KONG – The American envoy to the US, Nikki R. Haley, stated on Wednesday that it was an “open issue” whether American athletes can go to the Olympics in South Korea in February presented the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The Winter Games are to be held Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, a metropolis about 50 miles from the demilitarized area that separates North and South Korea.
Asked on Fox Reports if athletes from america can compete, Ms. Haley stated: “There’s an open issue. I have not really heard anything about that, but I know in the talks that people have got – whether it’s Jerusalem or North Korea – it’s about, how do we protect the U.S. citizens in the area?”
Tensions have been warming up on the Korean Peninsula after a good two-month lull, with North Korea launching a good missile last week that experts said showed the ability of hitting a lot of the continental USA.
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Then, on Monday, america began armed service drills with South Korea which were to include simulated strikes about the North’s nuclear and missile sites, leading Pyongyang to accuse Washington of pushing the peninsula “to the brink of nuclear war.”
Addressing the strained relations and their effect on the Olympics, Ms. Haley stated the Trump administration would make an effort to “find out the easiest way” to safeguard American athletes taking part in the Games.