Mississauga pastor freed from North Korean prison has landed in Canada

Marco Green
August 13, 2017

James said his entire family are "so grateful" to know that Canada "stood for him and stood by him".

"This is a grave situation".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Friday condemned North Korea's "unacceptable" actions while urging both the United States and the totalitarian regime to step back from a possible catastrophic conflict on the Korean peninsula. Trump doubled down on the tough talk later Friday.

"Canada has been actively engaged on Mr. Lim's case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that he has returned" the statement reads.

"He's very very excited to come to church tomorrow", James said.

"We stand by all of our allies very much including the United States".

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

"It is of absolutely pressing concern for Canada and we are very involved working with our worldwide partners to seek a resolution, a de-escalation, to really get North Korea to understand it must get off of this path which is so destructive for North Korea and the world".

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. She said Canada had been clear from the outset that Lim had to be released and returned home.

"He's doing very, very well considering everything he has gone through", said his son, James Lim. "That is a very separate and distinct issue". "He hasn't seen the congregation in many years". He had been sentenced to hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.

The Canadian pastor was punished after he was accused of "defaming the supreme leadership, using religion to disrupt the country's system, helping American and South Korean to abduct North Korean citizens and spreading negative propaganda about the country overseas".

Hyeon Soo Lim, formerly the senior pastor at one of Canada's largest churches, had disappeared on a mission to North Korea in early 2015.

His family is expected to address the media Saturday afternoon.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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