France ready to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great

Pablo Tucker
September 22, 2017

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump warned leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States may have to destroy North Korea if Kim Jong-Un's nuclear-armed regime threatens its neighbours. Worldwide tension continues to mount as the United States and North Korea engage in concerning rhetoric regarding nuclear capabilities.

On Thursday he ordered new sanctions.

Pyongyang has threatened to retaliate against a military strike against it.

According to Reuters, Flessel told RTL radio that if "our security can not be assured, the French team will stay at home".

A close up image of the gold medal for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The winter olympic Games of 2018 are scheduled from 9 to 25 February in Pyeongchang, a town located 80 km from the border with North Korea. The two countries remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty. "If the UN General Assembly truce resolution submitted by South Korea is adopted as scheduled on November 13 with the support of many nations, there will be no need for concerns about security, and safety will be guaranteed all the more if North Korea participates", Blue House spokesperson Park Soo-hyun quoted Moon as saying.

South Korea's previous hosting of the 1988 Seoul Summer Games featured a medal design that had been used since the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

It has representatives in South Korea and has done site visits but noted that the Canadian government recommends that its citizens should take normal security precautions.

It added: "The Government of Canada does not now have travel advisories in place for South Korea and recommends that Canadians exercise normal security precautions, which is the lowest of four risk levels".

Australia, one of Asia's largest participants at recent Winter Games, was continuing to monitor the situation.

"Today we are not at this point and I tell you and I ask you especially not to worry about this team from France who have been working for more than four years", she added. "We will not put our team in danger".

He conceded, however, that ticket sales among overseas visitors could be affected.

Flessel's comments were made just days after International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach downplayed similar security concerns.

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