France Sports Minister Laura Flessel said Thursday that it was possible the European nation would skip the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to security concerns stemming from aggression on the part of North Korea, reports Reuters.
The games, the first Winter Olympics to be hosted by an Asian nation, are scheduled to take place Feb. 9-25 of 2018 just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 to the dismay of the international community, drawing condemnations from multiple countries around the world.
France's is the first country to raise major doubts over whether or not it will attend amid escalating tensions between North Korea and other members of the international community, including the United States.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has said it's working with all the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of its athletes ahead of the 2018 games.
France is first country to say they won't attend Olympics in South Korea is safety can't be guaranteed. What country is next?— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) September 21, 2017