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North Korea Could Be Causing Problems For South Korea's 2018 Olympics

North Korea Could Be Causing Problems For South Korea's 2018 Olympics”

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said there was "not even a hint" of a security threat against the Winter Games coming from the Hermit Kingdom.

"South Korea has held a number of worldwide sporting events amid confrontations with North Korea, including two Asian Games events, the Universiade, the IAAF World Championships, and the World Cup, and all of them have been staged safely and successfully", Moon said.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday the country is pushing to ensure security at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Games amid the escalating standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes.

An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017.

France's sports minister told RTL Radio, "If this gets worse and we do not have our security assured, then our French team will stay here".

The games are being held in February just 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, now trading threats - also involving the United States - after the north's recent nuclear and missile tests.

Other winter sports powerhouses said they were monitoring developments but had no plans to miss the Olympics.

The US Olympic Committee (USOC) said it was "very much looking forward" to the Games.

"Waiving participation of the Swiss team is at the moment not under discussion", one of its Olympic committee officials told Reuters. There's no telling where the situation will be in 2018. "If the UN General Assembly truce resolution submitted by South Korea is adopted as scheduled on November 13 with the support of many nations, there will be no need for concerns about security, and safety will be guaranteed all the more if North Korea participates", Blue House spokesperson Park Soo-hyun quoted Moon as saying.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.



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