United States participation in Pyeongchang Games an open question, Nikki Haley says

United States participation in Pyeongchang Games an open question, Nikki Haley says

During Thursday's White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that there is "no official decision made" on USA participation in the Winter Olympics.

MacCallum eventually brought up the forthcoming Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and she asked Haley whether the event will be safe for American athletes in light of the recent aggression from the rogue nation to the North.

"I think those are conversations that we're going to have to have", she added. "We don't ever fear anything - we live our lives, we use our freedom, we have that - and certainly that's a ideal opportunity for [American Olympic athletes] to go and do something they've worked so hard for". And certainly, that's a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they've worked so hard for.

The U.S. this week has run military drills with South Korea by flying dozens of planes in a show of force.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The comments came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said it was an "open question" whether the US would attend out of safety concerns.

The USOC is not a government agency and receives no direct government funding, but it works closely with several federal departments in its Olympic preparations, including the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

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"We have not had any discussions, either internally or with our government partners, about the possibility of not taking teams to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games", he said.

The U.S. has only boycotted the Olympics Games once.

It would also leave the Games without two of its largest delegations of athletes, as Russian Federation was banned from Pyeongchang earlier this week for extensive doping allegations. Americans are wondering whether United States athletes will be safe in light of hostility from North Korea.

"We are confident in the Pyeongchang Organising Committee's ability to deliver a great Games, and our hope is that the focus will be on our athletes".

"We haven't heard anyone saying they aren't coming", said Nancy Park, spokesperson for the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee.

That's sparked talk of war, a conflict that would inevitably impact North Korea's neighbor and the Olympic hosts, South Korea.