France said on Thursday its Winter Olympics team will not travel to South Korea if security can not be guaranteed, as tensions escalate over North Korea's nuclear programme following its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3.
France's sports minister, Laura Flessel, said that if the crisis deepened and "our security can not be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home".
"We're not there yet", she added, just a week after the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 summer Olympics to Paris.
The games are being held in February just 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, now trading threats - also involving the United States - after the north's recent nuclear and missile tests.
"So in two years' term, the Olympic Games will be held Korea, Japan and China and I believe that this can provide a good opportunity to build peace and cooperation within the Northeast Asian region".
United States President Donald Trump announced Thursday several sanctions to be placed on North Korea in an effort to minimize its nuclear threat.
"We are in close contact with the heads of government concerned and the United Nations over the past months and there, in none of the discussions, has anybody expressed any doubt about the Olympic Winter Games 2018".
North Korea's recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests have been the focus of discussions this week at the UN General Assembly in NY.
Kim Hwa-dong, CEO of the state-run minting agency, said a "considerable amount" of the proceeds will be used for South Korea's first-ever Winter Olympics to be held in the country's eastern alpine city of PyeongChang in February.
Eom expected South Koreans to rush to buy tickets as the Games near, as they did at previous global events in South Korea.
The Swedish Olympic Committee is closely following events and is soon planning to travel to South Korea.
There was a more circumspect reaction from Germany, another winter sports heavyweight that tops the all-time Olympic medal table in biathlon, luge and bobsleigh, and whose team won 19 medals in Sochi including eight golds.
"The Government of Canada does not now have travel advisories in place for South Korea and recommends that Canadians exercise normal security precautions, which is the lowest of four risk levels".