Canadian Pastor Released from North Korean Prison, Returns Home

Canadian Pastor Released from North Korean Prison, Returns Home

A Canadian pastor released from prison in North Korea this week is planning to attend a church service in Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday.

Lim was arrested in 2015 for allegedly meddling in North Korean state affairs.

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.

At the same time, Freeland renewed Canada's support for its neighbour, the United States, while urging both US President Donald Trump and the regime of Kim Jong-Un to tone down the saber-rattling.

Canada's foreign minister says North Korea's nuclear program poses a "grave threat" to the security of the world and called on the country to fall into line with the global community.

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

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

Canada does not have diplomatic offices in Pyongyang and relies on Sweden to handle consular issues. "There's a lot of complexity to it", James Lim said.

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

"It is of absolutely pressing concern for Canada and we are very involved working with our global 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".