Pastor freed from North Korean prison lands in Canada

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

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, North Korea, December 16, 2015.

A Canadian pastor who was released from imprisonment by North Korea three days ago, returned home on Saturday.

There's no word yet on when exactly Lim arrives in Canada.

In direct conversations with North Korea and through China, Freeland said Canada sought to "get North Korea to understand that it must get off this path, which is so destructive for North Korea and the world".

Lim said his father was resting at home and looked forward to going to his church's Sunday service and meeting with the community after so long.

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Family members will hold a press conference in Mississauga Saturday afternoon at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga.

Mr. Lim, who is in his early 60s, was released from prison on Wednesday, freed on "sick bail" after a Canadian delegation led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national security adviser Daniel Jean visited the country to discuss his case.

Lim was arrested in 2015 for allegedly meddling in North Korean state affairs.

The announcement came amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though authorities have not said there is any connection between his release and efforts to defuse the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program. They declined to provide details on negotiations with the North Koreans.

"What North Korea is doing is absolutely unacceptable, and it's posing an unacceptable security threat both in the region and to the entire world", she said.

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