Canada Minister Spoke to North Korean Counterpart Ahead of Pastor's Release

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back
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13 August, 2017

"We need to find ways to pressure and persuade North Korea that the path that it is on. can have no positive ending".

He added that politics aside, the family has no ill feelings toward North Korea because there are 22-million people in that society that should never be forgotten. Earlier this week, Trump said the country's threats against the USA would be met with "fire and fury". Trump doubled down on the tough talk later Friday.

Asked about Trump's language on North Korea, Freeland said Canada stands by all of its allies, including the United States.

Freeland said Canada is "working with our worldwide partners to seek a resolution, a de-escalation" in the situation.

"We've also been very clear with North Korea, both in direct conversations and publicly, that their nuclear program is a grave threat to the world, that it is something that must be stopped".

"It is of absolutely pressing concern for Canada and we are very involved working with our global partners to seek a resolution, a de-escalation, to really get North Korea to understand it must get off of this path which is so destructive for North Korea and the world".

"Thanks to the Canadian public for praying for us. we are proud to be Canadians", he said, noting the first thing his dad wanted to do after reuniting with his family was to drop by a Tim Horton's for a coffee and a doughnut.

"We are very glad that pastor Lim is now safely home", she said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada stands by the United States, but called for a de-escalation in the war of words with North Korea. "That is a very separate and distinct issue". He was serving life imprisonment after being convicted of anti-state activities two years ago.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a Toronto-area pastor who was detained in North Korea for over two years, is back in the city after catching a connecting flight in Ottawa. He was expected to arrive in Canada on Friday or Saturday.


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