Trudeau confirms pastor's release from North Korea

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called for calm

The seriousness of Pastor Lim's situation became even more clear after the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier earlier this year, after his release from North Korean imprisonment.

Lim, who served in one of the largest churches in Canada, had been sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 after North Korea accused him of attempting to overthrow the regime.

"Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of the utmost importance to the Government of Canada, and we are working to ensure he receives any required medical attention", Trudeau said in the statement.

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.

His family thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other officials, including Sweden's ambassador to North Korea, for their efforts.

"Operational security considerations prevent us from discussing the matter further", it said.




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.

The European Union on Thursday expanded its North Korean sanctions blacklist as fiery rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang sent tensions soaring. "North Korea is concerned he would die in prison".

South Korea, the US and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, and foreigners have said after their release that their declarations of guilt had been coerced while in North Korean custody.

However, following North Korea's aggressive actions in 2010, including the sinking of a South Korean warship in a disputed area, led Canada to impose tight restrictions on the relationship.

A Mississauga man who has been in detention in North Korea for the past two and a half years is finally coming home.

According to Global Affairs Canada, under this policy, Ottawa's official contacts with Pyongyang are limited to subjects concerning only regional security concerns, the human rights and humanitarian situation in North Korea, inter-Korean relations, and consular issues. Under the SEMA sanctions, Canadian individuals and companies are banned from trading with North Korea and making new investments there, as well as providing financial services to North Korea and North Korean nationals.

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