Canadian delegation in North Korea to discuss jailed pastor

11 August, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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While Lim and his family and friends are just relieved that he is now back in Canada, one can not ignore the timing of his release, as latest developments between North Korea and the United States have been at an all time low and getting extremely tense. "They hope that Canada presents some moderating influence on the Trump administration". ( ) The Blue House said the committee also chose to seek all measures to cooperate with the US and other key countries to alleviate those tensions and bring peace to the Peninsula, reiterating that neither military escalation nor an armed conflict will benefit anyone.

Hyeon Soo Lim is due to return to Canada on Thursday, though the details of his arrival have not been released.

Three US citizens remain in custody as relations with Washington have grown increasingly tense.

North Korea also declared Trump "bereft of reason" while warning "only absolute force can work on him". His family is arriving separately.

But they were thrilled with the prime minister's statement.

Lim's family had become increasingly anxious about his welfare since the death of American student Otto Warmbier in June, just days after he had been released from a North Korean prison. Warmbier, sentenced last year to 15 years' hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda item from his hotel, died in a Cincinnati hospital days after being released in a coma.

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At a briefing on August 8, Trump said that any further threats from the North Koreans would be met with "fire and fury". Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday on the report.

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Another politician who had campaigned for his release, Senator Yonah Martin said, 'I had a great sense of relief but it took me by surprise only because it had been so long'.

"They were sending medication but there was a question as to whether he was actually receiving it in the way he should".

"If North Korea uses an intercontinental ballistic missile, from launch to impact (in Hawaii) is approximately 20 minutes", Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, director of public affairs for the state's Department of Defense, told CNN.

Citing what Trudeau called "operational security", turns out even Mississauga Light Presbyterian Church leaders, Lim's family and their spokesmen were not made aware.

Lim past year told CNN he spent his days in prison digging holes at an orchard.

South Korea, the USA 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.

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