Concerns about what could happen at the Winter Games in February have spiked in recent weeks as President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, have engaged in a war of words about Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Tensions have been heating up on the Korean Peninsula after a two-month lull, with North Korea launching a missile last week that experts said showed the capability of hitting much of the continental United States.
Then, on Monday, the United States began military drills with South Korea that were to include simulated strikes on the North’s nuclear and missile sites, leading Pyongyang to accuse Washington of pushing the peninsula “to the brink of nuclear war.”
In September, Mr. Kim accused Mr. Trump of exhibiting “mentally deranged behavior.” His comments triggered a quick response from the American president, who said that Mr. Kim is “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.”
Two months later, the two traded insults again, with Mr. Trump tweeting: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”
After North Korea launched its missile last week, Mr. Trump called Mr. Kim a “sick puppy.”
Addressing the strained relations and their impact on the Olympics, Ms. Haley said on Wednesday that the Trump administration would try to “find out the best way” to protect American athletes participating in the Games.
“I think those are conversations that we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives,” Ms. Haley said. “What we will do is make sure that we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe and to know everything that’s going on around them.”
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