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13 August 2017, 05:34 | Terri Saunders
Canadian pastor freed from a North Korean prison addressed the congregation at a Toronto-area church Sunday
OTTAWA-A pastor in ontario, who was serving a sentence of life in prison in North Korea finally returned to the country Saturday.
Lim was detained by North Korean authorities in January 2015 while in the country on a charitable mission. "One of the things my father shared is that as a Canadian going to North Korea for him was to be able to share the blessing of Canada to those in North Korea", the pastor's son said.
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. The release came after diplomatic negotiation details of which are not known.
"Canada is very clear in condemning the actions of North Korea", she said.
There's no word yet on when exactly Lim arrives in Canada.
Family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said in a statement Thursday that "there is a long way to go" in terms of Lim's healing and said he needs privacy while receiving unspecified medical attention.
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"He is doing very well, considering everything he has gone through", he said.
She said she briefly spoke with her North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, on the sidelines of an ASEAN ministers gathering in Manila on Sunday and with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Wednesday.
"It's a delicate dance".
His son, James Lim, said it was surreal to see him again after living in fear over what might happen to him.
"It is of absolutely pressing concern for Canada and we are very involved working with our worldwide 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".
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