Australia Ready to Back US, Will Join Any Conflict with North Korea
11 August, 2017, 00:34
An ailing Canadian pastor is expected to be reunited with his loved ones today after being held for more than two years in North Korea, but he still has "a long way to go" toward regaining his health, according to his family.
Footage from Japan's ANN television showed Lim walking on a tarmac next to Canada's national security adviser, Daniel Jean, at the Yokata Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Hyeon Soon Lim, the senior pastor at Light Presbyterian Church in Malton, has been conducting humanitarian work in "the Hermit Kingdom" for years until around 2015, when he was arrested and charged with attempts to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un and sentenced to life imprisonment at a North Korean labour camp.
Trudeau said 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".
KCNA/Reuters South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on December 16, 2015.
"The Government of Canada was actively engaged on Mr. Lim's case at all levels", said Trudeau.
"Operational security considerations prevent us from discussing the matter further", it said.
The massive rally in Pyongyang came in the wake of the nuclear war rhetoric between the United States and North Korea.
On Thursday, the north Korean regime mocked the american president by accusing him of having "lost the reason" and was presented at the same time a detailed plan to shoot a salvo of missiles toward the u.s. territory of Guam in the Pacific.
North Korea has in the past attracted the attention of Washington and visits by high-profile Americans with the detention and release of USA citizens.
"So far, it has been confirmed that government officials and a doctor are accompanying Reverend Lim", said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to media.
It's good to see at least one bright spot amid the sound and fury of the rhetorical standoff over North Korea. He is of South Korean origin.
Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.
In addition, in August 2011, Canada imposed economic sanctions against North Korea under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA).
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