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DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA

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.

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