IOC President Thomas Bach has vowed to not become involved in diplomatic discussions over North Korea ©Getty Images

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has vowed not to become involved in diplomatic discussions over the tense situation on the Korean peninsula in the build-up to the Pyeongchang 2018.

Bach repeated his warning on the final day of the IOC Session here that there is no "Plan B" for the Games should tensions continue to rise following series on missile tests by North Korea.

North Korea’s latest test took place yesterday when a missile passed over Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido.

The United Nations Security Council have condemned the launch, prior to their meeting next week.

Bach is due to visit the United Nations next week, but claimed becoming involved in diplomatic discussions was the “last thing” the IOC wanted to do.

"This is a political matter," he said.

"The last thing that the IOC wants to do is to be involved in negotiations over nuclear arms and military ambitions.

"Next week the United Nations will meet and focus on the political issues.

"We are concentrating on our bilateral contacts, with the different Governments and with the NOCs (National Olympic Committees).

"We will be appealing that diplomacy and peace can prevail.

"On a UN level, there we are concentrating on the preparation of the Olympic Truce resolution, which is underway now.

"We see the deliberations of the UN Security Council, which are about diplomacy and diplomatic measures and sanctions to resolve this situation.

"So, our position remains unchanged.

"We will carefully observe.

"We are not getting involved in this."

The build-up to Pyeongchang 2018 comes amid heightened tentions in the Korean peninsula ©Getty Images
The build-up to Pyeongchang 2018 comes amid heightened tentions in the Korean peninsula ©Getty Images

The UN are currently finalising an "Olympic Truce" resolution due for approval at a General Assembly in November.

Fears have been expressed that certain countries might decide not to attend Pyeongchang 2018 on safety grounds.

North Korea are also yet to qualify amid continual regional tensions following a series of missile launches.

There is no Tripartite Commission wildcard system in place for the Winter Olympics.

If no North Koreans qualify, there still remains some flexibility to find a way in a similar vein to the creation of a Refugees Olympic Team at Rio 2016.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed his belief the Olympics would take part in safe and peaceful conditions, with North Korean athletes present.

“This is what I expect and many Koreans expect that there will be many North Korean athletes competing with other athletes from other parts of the world, but let us see how they can make their players qualify for these Games,” the newly appointed IOC Ethics Commission head told the Olympic Channel. 

Ban, the former Foreign Secretary of South Korea, added: "When there were some Olympic Games in 1988, many athletes from Soviet Union, North Korea and Eastern European countries came, and I hope [there] will be no exception this time.

"Sport has a universal language, and it can reach to any place even during a time of cold war.

"Even though there is heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, I’m sure that this Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games will be a great success with a great sense of stability.

“I’m quite confident that we will have a very safe, very peaceful and harmonious Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang next year.”