No Security Threat for Winter Olympics in South Korea

No Security Threat for Winter Olympics in South Korea

The International Olympic Committee has said there is "no hint" of a security threat for next year's Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee has said there is "no hint" of a security threat for next year's Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea despite the escalating situation in North Korea.

Shortly after the United National Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, IOC President Thomas Bach said the Games of next year were under no threat so far.

Earlier this month, North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test, prompting global condemnation from leaders around the world.

"There is so far not even a hint that there is a threat for the security of the Games in the context of the tensions between North Korea and some other countries," Bach told reporters. "We are in contact with governments concerned. In all these conversations with the leading figures in the different governments we can see there is no doubt being raised about the winter Games of 2018."

Bach said he was hoping for a diplomatic solution before the Games start next February and said the door was open for the participation of North Korean athletes and the IOC was ready to support them in their effort to qualify. 

 

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