As U.S. and North Korea are having a combative relationship, North Korea just released a Canadian priest who was in their prison since 2015.
Hyeon Soo Lim, 62-year-pastor, was sentenced to life time in prison for attempting to take down Korean government, charges that the Canadian officials denied.
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Lim was released two months after an American student Otto Warmbier died in North Korea, after serving approximately a year in prison because he stole a propaganda poster.
Lim came back with serious health problems, and he had a “dramatic” weight loss, stated Lisa Pak a family spokesperson.
“We are relieved to hear that Rev. Lim is on his way home to finally reunite with his family and meet his granddaughter for the first time,” Pak stated.
“There is a long way to go in terms of Rev. Lim’s healing. Therefore, in the meantime, we ask the media for privacy as he reconnects with his loved ones and receives medical attention.”
As James Lim, the pastor’s son stated, he was informed that Canadian officials delivering a letter to Kim Jong Un just departed for North Korea to secure Lim’s release.
In February 2015 Lim was arrested during a humanitarian mission. He was representative of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church, which he had led since 1986.
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As his family stated, Lim visited North Korea at least 100 times before he was arrested.
North Korea has many other foreigners detained, among which are three Americans that we know of.
Businessman Kim Dong-chul, imprisoned in October 2015, who was sentenced to a 10-year in prison for espionage. Two other American citizens are detained, for “hostile acts” against the government. Kim Sang-duk, an academic also called Tony Kim, was imprisoned in April. Researcher Kim Hak-song was imprisoned in May.
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