USA trip to Olympics uncertain amid North Korea threat, Haley says

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USA trip to Olympics uncertain amid North Korea threat, Haley says

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dropped the bombshell during a press briefing, suggesting that the USA might still pull out of Pyeongchang.

Sanders said the decision would be made through an inter-agency process, with Trump weighing in on whether the athletes should go to South Korea. "We live our lives", Haley said on Fox News. "We have that, and certainly that's a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they worked so hard for".

"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", she said.

Tensions have been heating up on the Korean Peninsula after a two-month lull, with North Korea launching a missile last week that experts said showed the capability of hitting much of the continental United States.

"The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea", she tweeted.

Haley added that while she didn't know whether or not American athletes would participate in the games (which are scheduled to take place from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang) she said that the Trump administration would "find out the best way" to keep American athletes safe.

"There is an open question", Haley said.

"I think it depends on what's going on at the time in the country", Haley responded when asked by Fox News if she would be comfortable sending a family member to the South Korean County.

The U.S. has not missed an Olympics since 1980, when it boycotted the summer games in Moscow at the behest of then-President Jimmy Carter over the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

The International Olympic Committee announced the ban after a 17-month investigation into state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation.

"There is full support from the United Nations, very positive message coming out of the assembly", said Christophe Dubi, the executive director of the Olympic Games. If hostility with the the communist nation continues at its current trend, it might not be safe to send American athletes to the region. "I really do trust that the Olympic Committee and the State Department are all very diligent and would never put their athletes in harm's way". "But what have we always said?"

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

Her comments came on the same day that President Donald Trump announced the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - causing uproar among world leaders and fueling the threat of violent protests.

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