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Pastor freed from North Korean prison lands in Canada

Pastor freed from North Korean prison lands in Canada

Hyeon Soo Lim was serving a life sentence of hard labour in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities, but was released last week on what the North Korean government described as sick bail.

The family of a Canadian pastor released from a North Korean prison says he is now on his way home.

The Toronto resident Lim started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly 30 years ago.

Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim "will be attending service this Sunday".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national security advisor Daniel Jean also travelled to Pyongyang to discuss the case of pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was released Wednesday.

Lim, a 62-year-old South Korean-born Canadian citizen, was convicted and sentenced in 2015 for allegedly trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping US and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.




Freeland said Canada is "working with our worldwide partners to seek a resolution, a de-escalation" in the situation.

The release comes at a time of swirling worldwide tension in Pyongyang, Steven Denney, a doctoral fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs' Asian Institute, has said it is possible that Mr. Lim's release was intended as a goodwill message, to try to portray itself as a country capable of reasonable negotiation.

In direct conversations with North Korea and through China, Freeland said Canada sought to "get North Korea to understand that it must get off this path, which is so destructive for North Korea and the world".

"Now more than ever, he's never felt more Canadian", the son said. They declined to provide details on negotiations with the North Koreans.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has pledged Canada's support to the United States, calling North Korea's nuclear missile program "a grave threat to the world".

"He is doing very well, considering everything he has gone through", he said.


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