Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 16, 2015.

There's no word yet on when exactly Lim arrives in Canada.

The family asked the public to respect their privacy, allowing him to rest for a day and catch up with family before appearing in public on Sunday to attend services at his church.

In direct conversations with North Korea and through China, Freeland said Canada sought to "get North Korea to understand that it must get off this path, which is so destructive for North Korea and the world".

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

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

Mr. Trudeau so far has said only that he is "pleased and relieved" about Mr. Lim's release, declining to go into detail, citing operational security considerations.

Imprisoned since the month of February 2015 for acts subversive against the north Korean regime, the pastor has been released this week for medical reasons.

The two nuclear powers have been steadily increasing their rhetoric, leading Freeland to condemn North Korea's actions but suggest it's time to reel in the verbal threats.

"We would also like to extend a particular thank you to Ambassador Torkel Stiernlöf and the staff at the Swedish Embassy for their tireless efforts and critical role in securing his release".

"He is doing very well, considering everything he has gone through", he said.

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