Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Nikki Haley Calls US Presence at South Korea Olympics an 'Open Question'

Nikki Haley Calls US Presence at South Korea Olympics an 'Open Question'

In her current role as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley recently suggested that American athletes might not participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", said Haley. And certainly, that's a flawless opportunity for all of them to go and do something they've worked so hard for.

According to a report, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is reportedly saying she's not certain we should send our athletes to the Olympics.

"I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks we have whether it's about Jerusalem or North Korea, it's about how do we protect the USA citizens in the area".

The US flew a supersonic bomber over South Korea today as part of a week-long set of military exercises meant to send a strong warning to North Korea - which has in turn carried out intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

This truce stipulates that any existing conflicts must cease for the duration of the games, and requests that all United Nations member states "ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games".

Haley's comments came a week after North Korea conducted another missile test and two months before the Olympics are set to begin February 9 in Pyeongchang - not far from the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

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Haley was asked Wednesday night on Fox News whether sending American athletes was a "done deal", and responded that the situation is an "open question".

In related news, Russian Federation this week was banned from attending the Winter Olympics 2018 after "systematic manipulation" of anti-doping rules.

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

Despite government officials' speculation that the U.S. national team may not participate, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Jones told the Washington Post that his organization is planning on attending the Games. "So those are conversations that are happening daily", she said.

A spokesperson for NBC, which will broadcast the games in the United States, said the network is monitoring the situation and it now has "no plans to change our preparation for the Games, which are in full swing".

UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. "Maybe I've become desensitized to the North Korean threat, but I'm not anxious about it much because I have full confidence in the military capability of my country and the U.S".

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