Though Hyeon-Soo Lim was issued a life sentence to hard labor, his health suffered and North Korea agreed to release the Christian visitor on "sick bail" for "humanitarian reasons" on Wednesday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
In a trial held around the end of 2015 in Pyongyang, the country's highest court found Lim guilty of having conspired to overthrow the regime as a part of an alleged conspiracy by the governments of the US and South Korea.
Lim pastored the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto.
The Canadian pastor was punished for defaming the supreme leadership, using religion to disrupt the country's system, helping American and South Korean to abduct North Korean citizens, spreading negative propaganda about the country overseas.
Currently, six South Koreans, including three Christian missionaries and three Americans, are detained in the North.
Trudeau's spokesman Cameron Ahmad said the government considered Lim's health of "utmost importance" but did not give more details about the delegation.
Canadian officials flew Mr Lim to the capital Pyongyang to wait to dictator's decision.Читайте также: Chelsea Trump Liverpool With £35m Bid For 23-Year-Old Star
The source who shared the photo, and who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of speaking to media from North Korea, described it as a "special unchartered flight going to Japan".
The US leader was reacting to a report over North Korea considering a strike on US territory Guam.
A family spokesperson says his health was deteriorating, and he lost an excessive amount of weight while in detention.
Jean's delicate Canadian mission to extricate Lim - thought to be the longest-held western prisoner in North Korea - was carried out as tensions amplified this week between the United States and North Korea over nuclear capabilities. Concern over his fate increased after North Korea released an American student in a coma in June.
Last week, the U.S. State Department said it would ban U.S. nationals from traveling to North Korea from September. He was later arrested and sent to prison in December 2015, where he said he spent eight hours a day digging holes at a labour camp.
Lim has visited the country more than 100 times for humanitarian activities since 1997.
"We're so happy he's been released, " Baik said from outside the church.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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