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Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

Lim (62) was imprisoned in North Korea in 2015.

"He is landed and resting", family spokesperson Lisa Pak said in an email statement Saturday morning, noting that Mr. Lim had requested a private reunion with his family - whom he had not seen since 2015 when he was sentenced to a life of hard labour, after being accused of trying to overthrow the regime.

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

Canada's desire to include a dispute settlement mechanism in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has put the country on course for a potential clash with Washington, which said in its goals released last month it wants to drop the current system, known as Chapter 19.

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Informing Lim's arrival to the country, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement: "Today, we join Pastor Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his long-awaited return to Canada".

Canada does not have diplomatic offices in Pyongyang and relies on Sweden to handle consular issues. "One of the things my father shared is that as a Canadian going to North Korea for him was to be able to share the blessing of Canada to those in North Korea", the pastor's son said. Hyeong Soo Lim suffers from high blood pressure and has lost a lot of weight since his capture.

"We stand by all of our allies very much including the United States". His supporters have said he was on a humanitarian mission to North Korea when he was detained.

Lim's release came almost two months after USA college student Otto Warmbier died shortly after he was released from North Korea in a coma. "When they are threatened, we are there".


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