France will boycott South Korean Olympics if nuclear crisis worsens: minister

Moon to Promote S. Korea Pyeong Chang Olympics in NY

Olympics organizers sought on Friday to ease French concerns about next year's winter Games in South Korea, saying the safety of athletes was their priority and nations in the region had no doubts that the event would go ahead.

According to Reuters, Flessel told RTL radio that if "our security can not be assured, the French team will stay at home". "This is done by any country that hosts the Olympic Games", he said, adding "we don't have any other ideas on this". The South Korean president has not lost hope and feels that the forthcoming #2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang from February 9-25 could act as a catalyst to unite North Korea with the South.

IOC official Gian Franco Kasper recently told SID, a sports subsidiary of the news wire AFP, that the committee has no "plan B" to move the games should the security situation deteriorate. The back lists the sports discipline, event and the Games' emblem.

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee issued a statement aimed at calming security fears amid escalating tensions over bellicose North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launches.

"Right after the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, two years later, the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing", he said.

North Korea's recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests have been the focus of discussions this week at the UN General Assembly in NY.

The Winter Games take place 30 years after Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics, a turbulent era in which a number of nations - including North Korea - chose to boycott the Games.

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The allegation of criminality was lobbed at Trump after Comey said that he had been pressured to end the investigation into Flynn. The New York Times reported that in the meeting Trump had said that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" on him.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are running high this week as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have traded barbs about the Asian nation's nuclear capabilities.

Austria and Germany joined France on Friday in raising the spectre of staying away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid security fears over nuclear-armed North Korea.

The comments are seemingly in response to the International Olympic Committee's Thomas Bach, who has downplayed the North Korean threat.

It marked the first time that South Korea has issued notes to celebrate a big event in the country.

"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", the COC said.

Some 191,000 tickets were sold overseas, 59.7 per cent of the target sales of 320,000 tickets.

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