Nikki Haley: North Korea threat makes US Olympic participation an ‘open question’

The Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are nearing, but at the same time, tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are rising. With the 2018 Games set to be held approximately 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between the two Korean states, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that it was an “open question” whether Team USA would participate.

Speaking with Fox News’s Martha MacCallum, Haley said that the U.S. would take “every precaution” to ensure the safety of its athletes. Asked if she would “feel comfortable” sending a family member who was on Team USA to PyeongChang, Haley replied, “I think it depends on what’s going on at the time in the country.”

“We have to watch this closely, and it’s changing by the day,” she added.

The U.S. flew a supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday, part of a week-long slate of military exercises intended to send a strong warning to North Korea. That country launched an intercontinental ballistic missile last week that demonstrated a potential, at least theoretically, to deliver a nuclear warhead to Washington, D.C.

Shortly after that missile test, Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that “continued acts of aggression” from North Korea could lead to war, and that “if war comes, make no mistake — the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

On Wednesday, Haley

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