Breaking News         Latest US News              New York News              Fx Tribune

How to Deal With German Shepherd Aggression
TOKYO—A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof says he met Hyeon Soo Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said...

Mississauga pastor jailed in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador | Toronto Star

TOKYO—A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof says he met Hyeon Soo Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said...

Mississauga pastor jailed in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador | Toronto Star

TOKYO—A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.

Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof says he met Hyeon Soo Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim’s health and other matters, but refused to comment further.

The ambassador said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and Lim “weren’t rushed.”

Read more:

Ex-prisoner fears for Mississauga pastor held in North Korea

Media interview with Mississauga pastor jailed in North Korea gives family hope

Canada’s North Koreans plead for Mississauga pastor’s release

He said there were two North Korean officials in civilian clothes and an official photographer present throughout the meeting, which was held in a conference room at a Pyongyang hotel.

“He was escorted in and out of the room without handcuffs by uniformed guards,” Stiernlof said. “We discussed his health and other things, of course, but I refrain from commenting on these matters.”

He added that Lim spoke over the phone with his family last Friday.

It was unclear why the meeting was arranged at this time.

North Korea claims such meetings are granted for humanitarian reasons, but Pyongyang has been accused of using foreign detainees as a way to win political concessions or high-level visits from other countries.

Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian citizen in his 60s, was convicted and sentenced in 2015 on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

At least two other foreigners are currently detained in North Korea.

Last year, American Otto Warmbier, then a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in prison after he confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner. Kim Dong Chul, who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have U.S. citizenship, is serving a sentence of 10 years for espionage.

It is not clear under what conditions Lim and the others are being held.

Foreign prisoners are usually held in special detention centres that are separate from North Korean prisons.

The Swedish embassy in Pyongyang looks after consular affairs for Canada in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. You can unsubscribe at any time. Please contact us or see our privacy policy for more information.

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Breaking News Headlines

banner30
Half a hundred injured in a train wreck in Germany
Half a hundred injured in a train wreck in Germany
A Democratic congressman announces his immediate withdrawal from allegations of sexual harassment
A Democratic congressman announces his immediate withdrawal from allegations of sexual harassment
27,000 evacuated by a massive fire in southern California
27,000 evacuated by a massive fire in southern California
Liberated in Ukraine The Georgian former President Saakashvili
Liberated in Ukraine The Georgian former President Saakashvili
Trump orders the largest reduction in natural reserves in American history
Trump orders the largest reduction in natural reserves in American history
Trump orders in Utah the largest reduction in natural reserves in American history
Trump orders in Utah the largest reduction in natural reserves in American history
"Fraud begins with the control of institutions in Honduras"
Monterrey vs Monarchs Morelia Live, la semifinal de la league mexicana
Monterrey vs Monarchs Morelia Live, la semifinal de la league mexicana
Central bankers out
Central bankers out
The Sevilla beats the Deportivo in the Pizjuán
The Sevilla beats the Deportivo in the Pizjuán
Athletic-Real Madrid, live
Athletic-Real Madrid, live
Griezmann gives the victory to the athletic in the Minute 88 (2-1)
Griezmann gives the victory to the athletic in the Minute 88 (2-1)
POLLS Results ALL
Who is the most powerful actor in Syria

banner31
Front Pages
  • The Sun
NEWS ARCHIVES