US expects to participate in Winter Olympics, says White House, amid North Korea security concerns

Sanders (above) made the announcement on Twitter, saying the "protection of Americans is our top priority".
Sanders (above) made the announcement on Twitter, saying the "protection of Americans is our top priority".PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday (Dec 7) said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbour to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

“The US looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea,” Sanders wrote in a tweet.

“The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues.”

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley had cast doubt over whether athletes representing the country would participate in the Olympics, telling Fox News on Wednesday that the United States is concerned about its citizens,

When asked on Thursday at the regular White House press briefing, Sanders said “no official decision has been made” about participation and the decision would come closer to the games’ start date, Feb 9.

She also said the decision would be reached through a process involving multiple agencies, where President Donald Trump would “certainly weigh in.”