Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., was involved in humanitarian projects in North Korea.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a Toronto-area pastor who was detained in North Korea for over two years, is back in the city after catching a connecting flight in Ottawa.

Hyeon Soo Lim was released on what state media described as "sick bail" after being handed a life sentence with hard labour in 2015. She said Canada had been clear from the outset that Lim had to be released and returned home.

His son, James Lim, said it was surreal to see him again after living in fear over what might happen to him. He said his father was resting at home and looked forward to going to his church's Sunday service and meeting with the community after so long.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent national security adviser Daniel Jean to North Korea to seek Lim's freedom.

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Canada's foreign minister says North Korea's nuclear program poses a "grave threat" to the security of the world and called on the country to fall into line with the worldwide community.

The announcement came amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though authorities have not said there is any connection between his release and efforts to defuse the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

Imprisoned since the month of February 2015 for acts subversive against the north Korean regime, the pastor has been released this week for medical reasons.

Canada does not have diplomatic offices in Pyongyang and relies on Sweden to handle consular issues. They declined to provide details on negotiations with the North Koreans.

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