International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer has revealed the world governing body will probably postpone the 2017 Junior World Judo Championships in North Korea "until a more peaceful period" in the East Asian nation.
In August last year, North Korea’s capital Pyongyang was awarded the event, which is scheduled to take place from October 18 to 22.
One of the conditions on which the candidacy of North Korea was accepted and validated by the IJF Executive Committee was that "if the global world situation does not allow the organisation of the Championship, other solutions will be offered".
The country is currently embroiled in another surge of tension with neighbours South Korea following a series of missile tests.
South Korea's relations with China have also soured after the controversial deployment of a United States' missile defence system in the country, ostensibly in response to the North Korean threat.
Asked by insidethegames.biz during a live Twitter Q&A session about the progress of preparations for the Junior World Championships given the current political tensions in North Korea, Vizer said: "We are in the process of re-evaluating this opportunity and probably we will postpone until a more peaceful period."
On awarding the event last year, Vizer claimed the event could "open a new era for developing relations at all levels".
"One of the goals of sport and particularly judo is to build bridges between nations and cultures," he said at the time.
"We have the ability to bring peace and friendship.
"We can help to grow the hopes of younger generations.
"Through this historic event, we can further strengthen judo in North Korea, even though it is already a highly-respected sport."
In June, Pyongyang was awarded the 2018 Junior World Weightlifting Championships.
It comes after North Korea failed in its bid to land the 2017 Junior World Championships, losing out in 2015 to 2020 Olympic hosts Japan.
Awarding the 2018 event, scheduled to take place from June 10 to 18, to the world's most secretive country marked a major move, but the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is among organisations who think sporting events could help to "open up" the reclusive state.
North and South Korea are thought to want to use sport to better relations.
Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom asserted last month that a North Korean delegation would be welcomed to next year's Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean county, claiming their presence could promote peace between the nations.
He also played down suggestions the tensions between the nations had heightened and could put foreign visitors off attending the Games.
North Korea boycotted the Olympics the last time they took place in South Korea, when Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.
More recent multi-sport Games in South Korea have had a North Korean presence, with a delegation attending both the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, as well as the 2014 edition of the event in Incheon.