Canada Pastor freed from North Korean prison arrives back in Canada

03:40  13 august  2017
03:40  13 august  2017 Source:   MSN

Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor

  Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor A Canadian government delegation is in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to discuss the case of imprisoned Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Tuesday. The delegation is reportedly led by Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.It’s the second time in about nine months that a Canadian envoy has been sent to Pyongyang to discuss the release of the 62-year-old senior pastor of the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. The last delegation travelled to North Korea in late 2016.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for more than two years in North Korea has arrived back home. Hyeon Soo Lim was serving a life sentence of hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities

Toronto Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim is at home “in good health and good spirits,” after being freed from a labour camp in North Korea earlier this week, his family said. Trump: Kim Jong-un 'will not get away with what he is doing'. 1:25. U.S., North Korea reportedly using back channel amid talk of war.

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Canadian pastor freed in North Korea

  Canadian pastor freed in North Korea North Korea says it has released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for anti-state activities over health reasons. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said on its website Wednesday that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on ``sick bail'' following a decision by the country's Central Court.The news was announced after a delegation from the Canadian government went to Pyongyang to discuss Lim's case. Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Mississauga, Ont.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for more than two years in North Korea has arrived back home.

A Toronto-area pastor who has been released from a North Korean prison while serving a life sentence for alleged crimes against the state is expected to arrive Thursday in Canada after more than two years in detention.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for more than two years in North Korea arrived back home Saturday.

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

His son, James Lim, said it was surreal to see him again after living in fear over what might happen to him.

James Lim said his dad was extremely grateful to the Canadian government. 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.

"Now more than ever, he's never felt more Canadian," the son said.

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

‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea

  ‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea Hyeon Soo Lim is free.After two and a half years of detention in North Korea, Lim — the senior pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga — is heading home Thursday.The 62-year-old was expected to fly on a Canadian government charter directly from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Ottawa, where he will reunite with his family. The Lims — who have not seen each other in person since the pastor’s detention in 2015 — will then travel to Toronto, where the family has a west-end home.Sen. Yonah Martin, deputy leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, is a friend of Lim’s.

TORONTO — Relatives of a Canadian pastor released this week after more than two years in a North Korean prison say he is "on his way home" and they are anxious to be reunited with him. She did not say when he was scheduled to arrive in Canada .

TORONTO — Relatives of a Canadian pastor released this week after more than two years in a North Korean prison say he is "on his way home" and they are anxious to be reunited with him. She did not say when he was scheduled to arrive in Canada .

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 U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

South Korea, the U.S. and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, and foreigners have said after their release that their declarations of guilt were coerced while in North Korean custody.

Lim's release came nearly two months after U.S. college student Otto Warmbier died shortly after he was released from North Korea in a coma. Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster.

Lim is pastor at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto. His supporters have said he was on a humanitarian mission to North Korea when he was detained.

Canadian pastor's release from North Korean prison result of long diplomatic negotiation: source

  Canadian pastor's release from North Korean prison result of long diplomatic negotiation: source The release of a Canadian pastor held in a North Korean prison for more than two years was the result of a long negotiation between Canada and North Korea, CBC News has learned. Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, a Presbyterian minister from Mississauga, Ont., arrived in Japan early Thursday, but the story of his release began at the United Nations headquarters in New York, one of the few venues where Canadian and North Korean diplomats meet.

Hyeon Soo Lim, speaks to the media at the Light Presbyterian Church, in Mississauga, Ont., after his father's return home from a North Korean Prison on Saturday, August 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young. The son of a Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for more than two years in

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Canada does not have diplomatic offices in Pyongyang and relies on Sweden to handle consular issues.

At least three Americans and six South Koreans remain in custody in the North.

James Lim, the son of Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, speaks to the media at the Light Presbyterian Church, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, after his father's return home from a North Korean prison. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) © The Associated Press James Lim, the son of Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, speaks to the media at the Light Presbyterian Church, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, after his father's return home from a North Korean prison. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) James Lim, the son of Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, speaks to the media at the Light Presbyterian Church, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, after his father's return home from a North Korean prison. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) © The Associated Press James Lim, the son of Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, speaks to the media at the Light Presbyterian Church, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, after his father's return home from a North Korean prison. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

‘I ate 2,757 meals in isolation’: Hyeon Soo Lim’s address to his church after more than 2 years in North Korean prison .
Released Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Sunday spoke in Korean to the congregation of the Light Presbyterian Chruch in Mississauga about how he survived his ordeal in a North Korean prison. In his remarks, he thanked the members of his church and the government for securing his release.

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