Canadian pastor reunites with family after release from North Korean prison

Ivan Schwartz
August 13, 2017

"This is a grave situation".

Family members will hold a press conference at his church in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said in a statement.

Freeland's remarks came as Trump delivered another warning to Pyongyang that the US military is "locked and loaded" if the regime acts unwisely.

James Lim said his dad was in "good health", but noted that the family planned to arrange for extended medical attention, including checkups.

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

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family following a long trek from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned since 2015, according to a family spokeswoman.

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

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Freeland also said Canada is united with its allies in calling for North Korea to stop its nuclear programme.

"He's doing very, very well considering everything he has gone through", said his son, James Lim.

The Canadian government issued a statement saying it joined Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his homecoming.

Lim was released after serving more than two years in a North Korean prison.

Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and assisting American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.

Lim was detained by North Korean authorities in January 2015 while in the country on a charitable mission.

His family is expected to address the media Saturday afternoon.

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