Long-Imprisoned Canadian Pastor Lim Returns Home From N. Korea

Long-Imprisoned Canadian Pastor Lim Returns Home From N. Korea

The pastor of the canadian released by the North Korea has described Sunday, back at home, the hard conditions of its two and a half years of detention by speaking of a "solitude oppressive".

He had been serving a life sentence of hard labour for alleged anti-state activities when he was released last week on what the North Korean government described as "sick bail". "The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance in North Korea is extremely limited", it says.

It's possible the regime is being more cautious with Mr. Lim's health problems, Mr. Denney said.

The pastor's son James Lim said his dad was happy to be back home in Canada, stopping for coffee and a doughnut at Canada's popular Tim Horton's coffee chain on his way home from the airport.

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lin, second from right, of Mississauga, Ont., greets family after being released from a North Korean prison at an undisclosed location on Saturday.

"My mother was the first one who he was able to embrace, and just to witness that, you play in your head what it's going to be like, and it was far greater than anything we could have imagined", James Lim said.

A Canadian pastor who was released from imprisonment by North Korea three days ago, returned home on Saturday. His supporters have said he was on a humanitarian mission to North Korea when he was detained. He also distributed diapers and eyeglasses, and brought English teachers and optometrists along on the trip.

Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and assisting American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.

Lim said he experienced "overwhelming loneliness" during his time in detention. "It was definitely an ordeal".

James Lim, the son of Hyeon Soo Lim, spoke to reporters Saturday after his father's return home from a North Korean prison.

"From the first day of my detainment to the day I was released, I ate 2,757 meals in isolation by myself".

Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim "will be attending service this Sunday".

Note to readers: This is corrected story.

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