U.S. Envoy Backtracks Over Pyeongchang Olympics

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    December 12, 2017 11:22

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Sunday reversed herself over the question whether the U.S. will take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

    Nikki Haley

    Asked by Fox News to confirm a decision by the national Olympic body to take part regardless of any threat from North Korea, Haley said, "Yes, we are."

    Haley caused a stir on Dec. 6, when she told the same channel that U.S. participation is an "open question." 

    On Sunday she defended her blunder, saying, "If you look back, we have always talked about security in the Olympics. We have always talked about keeping our athletes safe."

    "This is no different, and we are looking at the circumstances just to make sure we're doing everything we can. We're at the locations, we're starting to secure the process, but we always look out for the best interests of United States citizens," she added.

    The U.S. National Olympic Committee last Saturday shrugged off safety concerns and confirmed the national team will take part in the games.

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