U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyGOP primary in NH House race draws national spotlight China's Xi likely to invite Biden to Beijing Olympics: report Nikki Haley calls for cognitive test for older politicians MORE said Wednesday there’s still an “open question” as to whether the U.S. will send its athletes to South Korea in February for the Winter Olympics, citing escalating tensions with North Korea.
“I think those are conversations we’re going to have to have. But what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything. We live our lives,” Haley said on Fox News.
The 2018 Winter Olympics start Feb. 9 and are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is roughly 50 miles from the demilitarized zone.
Haley said U.S. officials will monitor activity in the region closely and determine a way to ensure athletes are protected.
“What we will do is we’ll 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.
Asked if that meant there’s still uncertainty over whether U.S. athletes will participate, Haley said it’s “an open question.”
“I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks we have whether it’s about Jerusalem or North Korea, it’s about how do we protect the U.S. citizens in the area. So those are conversations that are happening daily,” she said.
North Korea launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month, ending a two-month hiatus for missile launches from the country.
The missile is said to have traveled nearly 2,800 miles high and for a distance of more than 600 miles. North Korea claimed the missile, called a Hwasong-15, is capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland.
President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE responded by saying his administration "will handle" North Korea, and announced new sanctions.