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Olympic organizers try to calm concerns amid North Korea tension

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IOC tries to calm concern about Olympics in South Korea after French raise questions about risks
With France’s sports minister raising questions about security, the IOC is trying to calm concern about the Pyeongchang Games.
The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has been in close contact with the United Nations and the “heads of government concerned.”
IOC President Thomas Bach met with China President Xi Jinping in Tianjin last month and with South Korea President Moon Jae-in at the U. N. in New York.
“In none of the discussions, has anybody expressed any doubt” about the Winter Games, the IOC said in a statement.
Tensions fueled by North Korea’s missile testing rose this week after U. S. President Donald Trump used his U. N. General Assembly speech to threaten the country’s destruction. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described Trump as “deranged.”
France’s sports minister, Laura Flessel, suggested on Thursday its team could stay home if its security could not be assured in South Korea.

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