Mississauga Church Pastor Released from North Korea

Mississauga Church Pastor Released from North Korea

Mississauga Church Pastor Released from North Korea

The seriousness of Pastor Lim's situation became even more clear after the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier earlier this year, after his release from North Korean imprisonment.

The federal government, which sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's senior adviser on foreign affairs to Pyongyang, was working behind the scenes and deserves credit for Lim's release.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian citizen in his 60s, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping US and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

His wife and son live in the Toronto area, and he is attached to the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., one of the largest churches in Canada.

His family thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other officials, including Sweden's ambassador to North Korea, for their efforts.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency announced Hyeon Soo Lim's release Wednesday, saying he was freed on "sick bail".

"Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case", Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

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There was no clear connection between the release of Hyeon Soo Lim and the heightened rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Operational security considerations prevent us from discussing the matter further", it said.

The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim's last trip there in January 2015.

On Thursday, the north Korean regime mocked the american president by accusing him of having "lost the reason" and was presented at the same time a detailed plan to shoot a salvo of missiles toward the u.s. territory of Guam in the Pacific. He is of South Korean origin.

A Mississauga man who has been in detention in North Korea for the past two and a half years is finally coming home.

The European Council, which defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union, has widened its North Korea sanctions of asset freezes and travel bans to cover nine more people and four entities.

The provision of humanitarian goods is exempted from the SEMA sanctions that were in addition to sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and implemented in Canadian law.

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