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France's 2018 Olympics in Question Amid Security Concerns

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South Korean olympic hopefuls pose with the silver, gold, and bronze medals during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medal unveiling ceremony at the Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza on Sept. 21, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 22 Sep 2017 02:19 PM

France may skip the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in February due to security concerns amid rising tensions with North Korea.

The Games are to be held in Pyeongchang, just 50 miles from a demilitarized zone that has served as a division of the Korean peninsula for over six decades.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel told RTL radio that while they're "not there yet," if "our security cannot be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home," Reuters reported.

Uncertainty around North Korea has heightened recently after the country performed two intercontinental ballistic missile tests on the back of two nuclear bomb tests.

A spokesman for the Olympic organizing committee said safety and security are a top priority in preparation for the Games.

South Korea President Moon Jae-in said the country was pushing to ensure tight security ahead of the event while the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Friday that it would not cancel its plans.

“We will continue to prepare in the same way as with other international competitions that we take part in,” a spokeswoman for the committee said, according to Reuters.

Adding fuel to the fire, North Korea’s leader lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him "mentally deranged" and "a frightened dog."

NBC News noted North Korea's foreign minister further announced that a hydrogen bomb test may be performed in the Pacific Ocean in retaliation to Trump’s United Nations speech.

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