The participation of American athletes in the Olympic winter games in 2018 in South Korea remains “an open question” because of the growing threat from North Korea. This was stated by the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, according to CNN.
“It is an open question. I have not heard anything about this (decision regarding the participation of the United States in the Games – ed), but I know that in conversations that we have – whether about Israel or North Korea – it is about how we protect U.S. citizens in a particular region,” the diplomat said.
Haley noted that the situation around North Korea “is changing every day,” questioning the safety of U.S. athletes stay in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
At the same time, the Ambassador stressed that, in its opinion, administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is going to work on finding a “better way” to protect athletes.
Winter Olympic games will be held on 9-25 February 2018 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, 80 km from the fortified border with the DPRK.
21 September 2017 France said its athletes will not attend the Olympics in 2018, if the situation with North Korea escalates, and the organizers can not guarantee the safety of participants in Games.
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