Canadian pastor freed from North Korea on his way home

Trevor Jackson
August 11, 2017

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 helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.

Canadian Christians are celebrating the release of a pastor who hadd been held captive in North Korea since 2015.

The family of a Canadian pastor released from a North Korean prison said Thursday he is now on his way home.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the news and said, 'The Government of Canada was actively engaged on Mr Lim's case at all levels'.

Canada has no diplomatic representation in Pyongyang and Sweden acts as its "protecting power" when it comes to consular issues affecting Canadians in North Korea.

The prime minister's spokesman Cameron Ahmad said the government considered Lim's health of "utmost importance" but did not give more details.

"Operational security considerations prevent us from discussing the matter further", he added, asking the media to respect the family's privacy.

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There was no clear connection between the release of Hyeon Soo Lim and the heightened rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

The federal government, which sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's senior adviser on foreign affairs to Pyongyang, was working behind the scenes and deserves credit for Lim's release.

The DPRK's actions, which the statement says "gave threat to worldwide peace and security", will block transactions in coal, iron and iron ore, ban imports of copper, nickel, silver and zinc from North Korea, as well as suspend scientific and technical cooperation and even slow the flow of earnings made by the country's citizens while overseas being sent home.

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

The turning point for Lim happened right in the middle of tense sabre rattling by leadership in North Korea and United States President Donald Trump.

The European Council, which defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union, has widened its North Korea sanctions of asset freezes and travel bans to cover nine more people and four entities.

However, it's not just North Koreans who appear to be making preparations in the wake of escalating tensions and nuclear war threats between the two countries.

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