December 08, 2017 09:33
U.S. participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang remains an "open question" amid threats from North Korea, a senior U.S. diplomat said.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made the remarks when she was asked by Fox News on Wednesday if the U.S. has made a final decision to compete in Pyeongchang.
"What we will do is make sure we are taking every precaution possible to make sure that [U.S. athletes are] safe and to know everything that's going on around them." The situation is changing every day and U.S. participation "depends on what's going on at the time" in South Korea.
The Donald Trump "administration is going to come together and find out the best way to make sure they're protected," she added.
Earlier, the U.S. Olympic Committee said the American athletes will compete in Pyeongchang.
But the U.S. is apparently concerned about the possibility of a military clash with Pyongyang since the regime's launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29.
White House National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster said on Dec. 2 that the possibility of a war with the North is "increasing every day."
Washington has shrugged off demands from Pyongyang to recognize it as a nuclear state. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "We're not changing our view. We're not going to backtrack on this. We believe -- and that is our top priority -- the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
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