IOC confident South Korea Winter Olympics will go ahead despite tensions with north



Associated Press

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.

The missile triggered warning alarms across northern Japan.
Source: US ABC

At the close of this week's IOC meetings, Thomas Bach said the committee will continue to appeal for diplomatic solutions to the problems, and that it is monitoring deliberations in the UN Security Council, which on Friday (Saturday NZT) 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 February 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 UN 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."

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