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U.S. raises questions on Olympic security
WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have expressed concern about security at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, initially raising the possibility of withdrawing from the games but later insisting that U.S. athletes will compete. The U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Wednesday that it was an “open question” whether U.S. athletes would be able to attend the Winter Games, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, echoed Haley’s remarks during a briefing for reporters Thursday, saying that “no official decision has been made” about participating in the Olympics. But moments later, Sanders took to Twitter to clarify, saying security concerns were being addressed and that “the U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.” The games are scheduled for Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, a city about 50 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone.