Olympics: White House walks back statement that Team USA may not compete

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

Nikki Haley, America's ambassador to the United Nations, suggested that the United States' participation in next February's Winter Olympics in South Korea remains up in the air amid mounting provocations made by the North.

It was against that backdrop that Haley appeared on Fox News on Wednesday. "We don't ever fear anything", Haley said.

".And certainly that is a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for". "What we will do is, we will make sure that we're taking every precaution possible to make sure that they're safe and to know everything that's going on around them". In recent months, tensions between the USA and North Korea have risen as Pyongyang continues to advance its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that there has been no official decision on whether the United States will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea but then clarified that the U.S.is looking forward to the Games.

Haley on Wednesday cited the rising tensions in the region and North Korea's role in the situation "changing by the day", and said that the U.S. attending the February 2018 event was "an open question".

On Wednesday, Haley told Fox News that it was an "open question" if the United States would participate in the games.

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The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it was banning Russian Federation from competing in the winter games over a massive doping conspiracy.

"We have to watch this closely, and it's changing by the day".

"I think if you look at this missile strike compared with the one before it, they certainly had advances", Haley said.

The U.S. this week has run military drills with South Korea by flying dozens of planes in a show of force.

The US Olympic Committee released a statement in response, saying it had not had any discussions, either internally or with government officials. "But what have we always said?"

In Pyeongchang, ticket sales have been lagging but Olympic preparations continue unabated. Last month, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt an Olympic Truce for the games, in order to create "the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace". "We will make sure that the athletes and the staff are safe when we're in Korea".

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