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Canadian Pastor freed by North Korea

11 August 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also confirmed that Hyeon Soo Lim has been released and will soon be reunited with his family.

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.

His statement continued, 'Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the Government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention.' That was all he could reveal at the moment, ' Operational security considerations prevent us from discussing the matter further, ' the prime minister said.

At the time of his arrest, the representative of the presbyterian Church in korea in Light of Toronto was considered one of the most influential christian missionary in North Korea, a country that he had visited dozens of times to work in orphanages and hospitals.

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Lim's case was taken up by a delegation led by Jean that had gone to North Korea earlier in the week.

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Officials in the Prime Minister's Office did not confirm any further details about Lim's release or when exactly he is expected to be back on Canadian soil.

We "ask that the world does not forget the people of North Korea".

Raymond Cho, a member of parliament who knows Pastor Lim said he was relieved at his release.

Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, who advocated for Lim's release, said Lim was hospitalised during his imprisonment.

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Canadian Pastor freed by North Korea