Canadian pastor freed N.Korea jail

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Pastor Lim's release

They declined to provide details on negotiations with the North Koreans. It is a grave threat.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that "military solutions" are "locked and loaded" should North Korea act unwisely, capping off a week that saw North Korea lay out plans for a military strike on Guam, an American territory in the region. "It's time for North Korea to really cease its actions".

James Lim said his dad was in "good health", but noted that the family planned to arrange for extended medical attention, including checkups.

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She said when Canada's allies are threatened, including the United States, "we are there".

"He is doing very well, considering everything he has gone through", he said. "We need to find ways to pressure and persuade North Korea that the path that it is on. can have no positive ending".

Lim's release comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though authorities have not said there is any connection between his release and efforts to defuse the stand off over North Korea's nuclear program.

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Freeland said Canada is "working with our global partners to seek a resolution, a de-escalation" in the situation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national security advisor Daniel Jean also travelled to Pyongyang to discuss the case of pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was released Wednesday. "There's a lot of complexity to it", James Lim said. "That is a very separate and distinct issue". He was serving life imprisonment after being convicted of anti-state activities two years ago. He had been sentenced to hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.

The Canadian pastor was punished after he was accused of "defaming the supreme leadership, using religion to disrupt the country's system, helping American and South Korean to abduct North Korean citizens and spreading negative propaganda about the country overseas". He was expected to arrive in Canada on Friday or Saturday.

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