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.
Freeland’s remarks came as Trump delivered another warning to Pyongyang that the USA military is “locked and loaded” if the regime acts unwisely.
“We’ve also been very clear with North Korea, both in direct conversations and publicly, that their nuclear programme is a grave threat to the world, that it is something that must be stopped”.
James Lim said his dad was in “good health”, but noted that the family planned to arrange for extended medical attention, including checkups.
“Canada has been actively engaged on Mr. Lim’s case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that he has returned”, a statement from Global Affairs Canada said.
“We stand by all of our allies very much including the United States”.
Lim’s return to Canada comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though there authorities have not said there is any connection.
“We need to seek ways to de-escalate the situation”, she said.
“He’s doing very, very well considering everything he has gone through”, said his son, James Lim.
Asked about Trump’s language on North Korea, Freeland said Canada stands by all of its allies, including the United States. “He hasn’t seen the congregation in many years”. She said Canada had been clear from the outset that Lim had to be released and returned home. He had been sentenced to hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.
The pastor of the Mississauga Light Korean Presbyterian Church traveled regularly to North Korea for humanitarian missions and has always denied the allegations. He was expected to arrive in Canada on Friday or Saturday.