Pastor Lim in Toronto after release from Pyongyang prison

North Korea Jailed Canadian

Hyeon Soo Lim was released on what state media described as "sick bail" after being handed a life sentence with hard labour in 2015.

At the same time, Freeland renewed Canada's support for its neighbour, the United States, while urging both US President Donald Trump and the regime of Kim Jong-Un to tone down the saber-rattling.

"Canada is very clear in condemning the actions of North Korea", she said.

South Korea, the United States 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 were coerced while in North Korean custody.

Lim was detained by North Korean authorities in January 2015 while in the country on a charitable mission. He says his father is resting at home and is looking forward to going to his church's Sunday service and meeting with the community after so long.

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

The family thanked the Canadian government for helping secure his Lim's release.

"I think that North Korea understood that it was on thinner ice than usual", he said, referencing the case of Otto Warmbier, an American University student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in North Korea - he was released June 13, but died six days later. They declined to provide details on negotiations with the North Koreans.

The Canadian government issued a statement saying it joined Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his homecoming.

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