Winter Olympics: North Korea crisis no threat so far to Pyeongchang 2018

Ireland's Olympic Council President Patrick Hickey arrives to a police station in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. The IOC said Sunday Sept. 10 2017 Patrick Hickey resigned from its executive board more than one

"In all the conversations we had, the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 were never put in doubt".

North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test earlier this month, leading to global condemnation, with United States President Donald Trump saying "appeasement" would not work.

Bach will be joined by IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi and senior leaders of the IOC Administration on a two-day visit to Los Angeles.

He said that the wording of an Olympic truce to be put before the United Nations in November - a common tradition ahead of each Olympics - was now being discussed. "So we will follow the developments closely and will keep promoting our position", Bach said.

"All our sympathy and thoughts are with the victims and the families who have lost relatives in this natural disaster and with those who have lost their homes and livelihoods", Bach said, adding that the International Olympic Committee would monitor the need for additional funding, after the initial assessment was completed.

With interest in hosting the 2032 Olympics lukewarm, IOC President Thomas Bach will be hoping Paris and LA can restore prestige to the event. "This is our political neutrality".

Trump to meet Malaysian Prime Minister today
Sanders said Tuesday that the White House had nothing to do with choosing the accommodations of visiting foreign dignitaries. The president is set to host the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at the White House Tuesday morning.

Last week, Swiss IOC official Gian-Franco Kasper said he feared some teams might not participate in South Korea out of security fears. The online sale of tickets for the 2018 olympic games, which began on 5 September, is for the moment " rather disappointing", has been agreed by the organising committee from south korea.

"It would undermine the efforts of those who are working towards a diplomatic solution so that peace will prevail on the Korean Peninsula".

"There's no plan B, as the Olympics are based on an Olympic truce", Lee told reporters.

"We will have the Pan American Games here in two years and many people said to us, as a young Government, why are we spending money on this", he said.

Lee, like Bach, also anticipated that North Korean athletes will venture across the border to participate.

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