World

Pastor freed from North Korean prison lands in Canada

Pastor freed from North Korean prison lands in Canada

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

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 US and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

This liberation has been obtained at the time when tensions are intensifying between North Korea and the United States, of which three citizens are still being held prisoner in North Korea.

The release came after diplomatic negotiation details of which are not known.

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 worldwide community.

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

A Canadian pastor recently freed from imprisonment in North Korea spoke Sunday of the "overwhelming loneliness" and harsh conditions he experienced during his two-and-a-half years in a labor camp.

More news: Jennifer Lawrence opens up about her relationship with Darren Aronofsky
More news: Lavrov: Russia to protect itself in 'sanctions war'
More news: Travis Scott treats Kylie Jenner to '$60000' necklace

The pastor, who served in one of the largest churches in Canada, had travelled to North Korea regularly on humanitarian missions before his detainment.

"There were a lot of calls, a lot of visits to Ottawa, a lot of back and forth between two different governments", James Lim said.

Mr. Lim's family had grown increasingly concerned for his wellbeing following the death of Mr. Warmbier. "Now more than ever, he's never felt more Canadian".

That could be an area of productive conversations with the United States, given the US administration's focus on making it easier to do business, Freeland said.

"What North Korea is doing is absolutely unacceptable, and it's posing an unacceptable security threat both in the region and to the entire world", she said.

Freeland declined to comment directly on Trump's remarks, but said Canada has been very clear about condemning the actions of North Korea, including its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. "When they are threatened, we are there".


  • Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit

    Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit

    David Mueller has accused Swift of slandering him to his radio station, alleging her complaint led to his unfair dismissal. He added when he heard the allegations, he "thought it was a joke".
    James Damore: Working at Google Is Like Being in a 'Cult'

    James Damore: Working at Google Is Like Being in a 'Cult'

    That's a big challenge when Google's parent company, Alphabet, now employs 76,000 employees around the world. A number of Google employees who had been outspoken on the matter started facing harassment on the internet.

    Southampton boss Pellegrino frustrated with Swansea stalemate

    That became an all too regular occurrence for the hosts as Swansea defended deeply in search of an opening day point on the road. I want the best players available'. "I'm sure they will be disappointed and think "how have we not won".
  • English Premier League: Chelsea Stunned by Burnley, Manchester City Ease Past Brighton

    "For sure it was a key moment, because after this red card we lost our composure and we conceded three goals". Do you something awesome to share with the world? Download the Nigeria Today app from Play store.
    CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

    CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

    Clapper also called for a de-escalation in rhetoric from President Donald Trump, because of Kim Jong Un's unpredictability. Vice President Pence began a tour through South American on Sunday, but was not expected to make a stop in Venezuela.
    Scaramucci: White House plotters seeking Trump exit

    Scaramucci: White House plotters seeking Trump exit

    Pressed further by Todd whether McMaster believes " Steve Bannon does that?" "I don't know" replied the diminutive ex Comms chief. And so if he does that, he'll have a very successful legislative agenda that he'll be able to execute.
  • Meetings, Destinations Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

    Meetings, Destinations Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

    The Stem in the Sky eclipse event at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Get help from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope or other optical device.
    Tom Cruise injured jumping between buildings during filming of Mission: Impossible 6

    Tom Cruise injured jumping between buildings during filming of Mission: Impossible 6

    The film, the sixth instalment in the " Mission: Impossible " franchise, is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie. David Ellison told Collider : "What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that's come before".
    Cardinals to hold Rally Cat Appreciation Day next month

    Cardinals to hold Rally Cat Appreciation Day next month

    Louis Feral Cat Outreach , where volunteers are treating the cat and helping it recover before preparing it for adoption. Rally Cat has scratched and clawed his way into the hearts of Cardinals Nation.
  • NGOs suspend migrant rescues over 'threats' from Libya

    NGOs suspend migrant rescues over 'threats' from Libya

    The C-Star has been plagued with problems since its mission began last month. Humanitarian groups say migrants returned to Libya risk inhumane treatment.
    China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

    China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

    Cayetano mentioned that the Joint Communique, which included discussion on the issue of South China Sea, is a testament of ASEAN centrality where member-states decide on consensus.
    Philippe Coutinho departure to Barcelona could destroy Liverpool's season, says Sunday Supplement

    Philippe Coutinho departure to Barcelona could destroy Liverpool's season, says Sunday Supplement

    I think Alberto [Moreno] loses a really high challenge and there should be another player, then you can't play the pass in behind. Jurgen Klopp was without the services of Philippe Coutinho , although new signing Mohammed Salah started in the attack.