Winter Olympics: North Korea crisis no threat so far to Pyeongchang 2018

Visitors fly lanterns in a buckwheat field in Pyeongchang Gangwon Province on Sunday. /Newsis

The escalating North Korean crisis had so far raised "no hint" of a security threat for next year's Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea according to the International Olympic Committee.

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom revealed there is no "Plan B" for the Games if the situation further deteriorates.

Hours after the United Nations Security Council stepped up sanctions against North Korea, following the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, IOC President Thomas Bach said there was no threat so far to next year's Games.

"I don't see this [as a concern] right now because there is a clear commitment and we hope and are appealing that diplomacy and peace will prevail on the Korean peninsular." he said.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, addresses the opening IOC session in Lima, Peru.

Bach told reporters in Lima he was confident there would be no threat to the Games, which take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25.

The IOC Ethics Commission has contacted Brazilian courts to ask for information about a corruption investigation concerning the 2009 vote that awarded the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro. He said that the wording of an Olympic truce to be put before the United Nations in November - a common tradition ahead of each Olympics - was now being discussed.

"We appeal for peace and a diplomatic solution".

Lee, speaking following a presentation to the IOC Executive Board, was just as dismissive of security fears.

"The olympic torch will be lit in Greece on October 24 and will arrive in Korea on the 1st of November", added the manager, saying that " the olympics will be held in ideal security ".

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It, however, represented a watered down version of the initial draft resolution in order to win the support of China and Russian Federation.

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