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

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She added: " 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".

Eventually, the White House found a way to say we are going.

"I believe the situation [surrounding the 2018 World Cup - TASS] has not changed, this decision concerns only the 2018 Olympic Games and has nothing to do with the World Cup", he said when asked if there were any risks for the Russia-hosted World Cup.

And my guess is, the Trump Administration never made a conscious decision to cast such doubt. As with the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, these games are a reflection of South Korea's rise as a high-income, democratic country with long and deep ties to the US. "But what have we always said? We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", said Haley.

"There's an open question", Ms Haley said, when asked whether the US' attendance was a "done deal".

White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on December 2 that the possibility of a war with the North is growing "every day".

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As it stands, Haley has the authority to advise the USOC about what they should do, should situations in the region escalate - but she does not have the authority to decide whether the USA will compete.

"The United States looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year". "We remain closely engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues as we do every Olympics".

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, admitted there is still an "open question" over her nation's participation in South Korea in February, following last week's ballistic missile test by North Korea.

Haley's office did not respond to request for comment or clarification by the time of publication.

"Should the unthinkable happen and there's conflict between nations, that's not an issue for the U.S. Olympic Committee to get involved in", USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said at the time. The North Korean regime has launched almost two dozen missiles this year, including three intercontinental ballistic missiles, and tested a suspected staged thermonuclear device, raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.