Olympics-Pyeongchang in a cold sweat over freezing opening ceremony


The UN ambassador told Fox News that us officials are discussing how best to protect American athletes traveling to South Korea in February for the winter games, even as tensions between the USA and North Korea continue to mount.

When asked if a final decision on participation had yet been made, Haley added: "There's an open question". "We will not prevent our Olympic athletes from taking part if anyone wants to take part in a personal capacity". "I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have - whether it's Jerusalem or North Korea - it's about, how do we protect the USA citizens in the area?" The U.S. and South Korea, in turn, have conducted joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have escalated over the course of the year because of North Korea's continuing efforts to develop nuclear weapons, including test firing potentially intercontinental missiles.

The most recent ballistic missile test was conducted by Pyongyang in late November.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has already warned that if the crisis deepened and "our security can not be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home".

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The IOC on Tuesday banned the Russian team from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system but left the door open for some Russians to compete as neutrals if they demonstrate they have a doping-free background.

South Korean officials and Games organisers have also repeatedly promised that the event will be safe to attend.

Bach also said Russian sports federations and athletes were expected to meet on December 12 to decide whether to compete.

There will be no Russian flags, anthems or uniforms during the Games in Pyeongchang. It suspended the Russian Olympic Committee and banned the national team from the February 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realise their dream of a lifetime".

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