Canadian pastor released by North Korea returns home

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

Lim is pastor at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

Informing Lim's arrival to the country, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement: "Today, we join Pastor Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his long-awaited return to Canada".

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.

It is thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the federal government and the Sweden he was released.

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's a lot of complexity to it", James Lim said.

U.S. warns North Korea to avoid destruction of its people
Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America. Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" in return.

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".

It's possible the regime is being more cautious with Mr. Lim's health problems, Mr. Denney said. Earlier this week, Trump said the country's threats against the US would be met with "fire and fury".

U.S. President Donald Trump set a confrontational tone Tuesday, when he said the United States would respond to North Korean threats "with fire and fury the world has never seen".

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

Freeland said after meeting with members of the agricultural sector that the industry recommended the NAFTA talks could be used to reduce some of the red tape they face around cross-border trade.

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