International tensions are heating up as the Winter Olympics draw closer.
The Olympic games are set to begin February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Americans are wondering whether US athletes will be safe in light of hostility from North Korea.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed the concern in an appearance on Fox News, saying that it is an “open question” whether American athletes will participate at next year’s games.
Responding to anchor Martha MacCallum’s question about whether Korea is safe for Americans in the current political environment, Haley said:
“I think those are conversations that we’re going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives. We use our freedom, we have that. And certainly, that’s a perfect opportunity for all of them to go and do something they’ve worked so hard for.
“What we will do is make sure we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe and to know everything that’s going on around them. So I think that’s something where the administration is gonna come together and find out the best way to make sure they’re protected. “
When MacCallum pressed for a conclusive answer about the US team’s attendance at the games, Haley replied:
“There’s an open question. I have not heard anything about that, but I do know that in the talks that we have, whether it’s Jerusalem, whether it’s North Korea, it’s always about how do we protect the US citizens in the area.”
Fox News previously asked National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster if Americans should feel safe at the upcoming Olympic games, to which McMaster responded “yes.”
.@BretBaier: "Should Americans feel safe about going to the Winter Olympics in Seoul in February?"
H.R. McMaster: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/RzELfbMxmx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 2, 2017
North Korea recently escalated tensions by testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew 1,000 miles higher than the previous test in July.
Attending the Olympics is an American tradition. But the political situation in the region is volatile enough to cast a shadow of uncertainty over the games.