Canadian delegation in Pyongyang seeks pastor's release

Canadian delegation in Pyongyang seeks pastor's release

Canadian delegation in Pyongyang seeks pastor's release

On Tuesday, Canadian officials travelled to North Korea to discuss releasing the imprisoned pastor.

North Korea has released Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim after more than two and a half years in detention, state-run news agency KCNA said on Wednesday.

Their pleas came in the aftermath of the death of Otto Warmbier, the US citizen who was held in captivity by North Korea and released only to die a few days later.

North Korea released 22-year-old American student Warmbier, who had like Hyeon been detained for his alleged involvement in subversive acts, on 13 June on "humanitarian grounds".

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The Canadian government is not confirming the release yet, but did acknowledge that it sent a delegation to discuss the case. Warmbier died in a Cincinnati hospital just days after he was released in a coma.

Lim has been held in custody by the North since he entered the reclusive country on a humanitarian mission in January 2015.

In letters to family, friends, and members of his church in Mississauga, Ontario, Lim has complained of stomach pain and high blood pressure.

Ms Pak said in statement to CNN: "We are relieved to hear that Reverend Lim is on his way home to finally reunite with his family and meet his granddaughter for the first time". Therefore, in the meantime we ask the media for privacy as he reconnects with his loved ones and receives medical attention. He was acting on behalf of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church, which he had led since 1986.

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His church had supported a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage in North Korea since it began a mission there in 1996, when the country was in the grip of a starvation that killed thousands of people.

Several of them, mainly of american citizens of Korean origin, have been arrested in the past and were not able to return to their country only after the intervention of senior american officials.

In an interview with CNN last year, the pastor said he usually spends eight hours a day digging holes in the prison where he has apparently not seen any other inmates.

'He had been under the penalty of indefinite hard labor as he conducted hostile deeds against the DPRK, ' the agency added.

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