IOC leader con­fi­dent Games will go on in S. Korea

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By Ed­die Pells LIMA, PERU » The pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee said Fri­day he re­mains con­fi­dent the Win­ter Games will go on as sched­uled in South Korea de­spite grow­ing ten­sions on the penin­sula, in­clud­ing North Korea’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile test this week.

At the close of this week’s IOC meet­ings, Thomas Bach said the com­mit­tee will con­tinue to ap­peal for diplo­matic so­lu­tions to the prob­lems. The IOC is mon­i­tor­ing de­lib­er­a­tions in the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which on Fri­day con­demned the North Korean test.

“We see the de­lib­er­a­tions of the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which are about di­plo­macy and diplo­matic mea­sures and sanc­tions to re­solve this sit­u­a­tion,” Bach said. “So, our po­si­tion re­mains un­changed.”

The Olympics are sched­uled for Feb. 8-25 in Pyeongchang.

North Korea’s IOC mem­ber, Ung Chang, said he hopes the Olympics will go on as planned. When asked if South Korea will be safe for the Olympics, he re­sponded: “No­body knows.”

Bach will visit the U.N. next week, but will be work­ing on the tra­di­tional Olympic Truce dec­la­ra­tion. He said the IOC has no plans to be in­volved in di­plo­macy over the Korean cri­sis. “We will care­fully ob­serve,” Bach said. “We are not get­ting in­volved in this.”

MARTIN ME­JIA — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach speaks dur­ing the open­ing IOC ses­sion in Lima, Peru, Wed­nes­day. The IOC will vote to rat­ify Los An­ge­les as the host city of the 2028 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games and Paris as the host city of the 2024 Games.

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