Could the United States Be Looking at Another Olympics Boycott?

smoosieq // Posted at 9:45 pm on January 02, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner — they’re set to begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9th.

There has already been serious speculation about the impact heightened tensions surrounding North Korea’s nuclear program could have on the games.  In September, France announced its athletes would not be attending the Olympics unless security could be guaranteed.  Austria and Germany followed suit a few days later.

Last month, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley characterized the United States’ participation in the games as an “open question.” Then White House spox Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to echo Haley’s ambivalence, but later clarified:

Yesterday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham raised the question anew, following remarks from Kim Jong Un about North Korea’s interest in attending the games.

On Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made comments about the Winter Olympics in a New Year’s Day speech, indicating that the nation was ready to attend the games.

“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to show unity of the people, and we wish the games will be a success,” Kim said, according to NBC News.

Graham’s response?

I don’t disagree with his sentiments, but it stinks for our athletes to be left in limbo like this.

 

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