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"The goal is to do so", she said. "Each federation together with the Sports Ministry will make a separate decision".

The comments came shortly after Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, suggested America's participation was in question due to rising tensions with North Korea.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday that it's still an "open question" as to whether the U.S. will send its athletes to the Winter Olympics, citing escalating tensions with North Korea.

"I think those are conversations that we're going to have to have, but what have we always said?" Still, would it have been that hard for these officials to just say "yes" when asked whether we were going to go? "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", said Haley.

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley cast doubt on whether America would take part in an interview with the Fox News Channel on Wednesday.

"There's an open question", Ms Haley said, when asked whether the US' attendance was a "done deal".

'What we will do is make sure we're taking every precaution possible to make sure they're safe and to make sure we know everything that's going on.' A US Olympic Committee statement later insisted the possibility of not competing had not been discussed.

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Worldwide tensions are heating up as the Winter Olympics draw closer.

Olympic and NBC officials on Thursday also responded to Haley's comments.

In an unprecedented move, the International Olympic Committee announced yesterday that Russian Federation would be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Collins said that the absence of US athletes at the games would suggest volatility at a time when officials should be intent on remaining calm, and could undermine the relationship with key allies in the region.

Questions about Olympians' safety in South Korea have swirled in recent weeks, as North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program.

But the U.S.is apparently concerned about the possibility of a military clash with Pyongyang since the regime's launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile on November 29.