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North Korea Sets Canadian Pastor Free

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North Korea prisoner Lim Hyeon-soo Kim Jong-un

North Korea has released a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there on humanitarian grounds, the country's official KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. The 62-year-old's health has deteriorated while in North Korean custody and the pastor has experienced "dramatic" weight loss, Pak said.

North Korea in retaliation threatened a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam and said North Korea would "turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war" at any sign of an impending American attack.

The Canadian government is not confirming the release yet, but did acknowledge that it sent a delegation to discuss the case.

Warmbier was in a coma when released by North Korean authorities, which according to the DPRK, was due to a rare case of botulism he contracted shortly after his sentencing in 2016.

"A Canadian government delegation is now in Pyongyang to discuss Pastor Lim's case", Trudeau's press secretary Cameron Ahmad said.

Lim's family had become more concerned for his welfare since the death in June of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been held in North Korea for 17 months. His family has urged the Canadian Prime Minister to save his life.

Lim pastored the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

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Police also said the baby was unresponsive when the father reached the church, meaning the baby was left in the vehicle to this. Fortune said investigators were still interviewing the parents to determine exactly what happened. "It's the death of a child".

"We want to thank the global community for the continued prayers and support and we also ask that the world does not forget the people of North Korea", the statement read.

His church had supported a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage in North Korea since it began a mission there in 1996, when the country was in the grip of a starvation that killed thousands of people.

Past year he was digging holes for eight hours a day in a labour camp, but claimed he was the "sole prisoner" when he spoke to CNN.

"They were sending medication but there was a question as to whether he was actually receiving it in the way he should", he said.

North Korea has in the past attracted the attention of Washington and visits by high-profile Americans with the detention and release of USA citizens. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Kim Sang-duk, an academic also known as Tony Kim, was detained in April and is accused of "hostile criminal acts", and researcher Kim Hak-song was detained in May and is also accused of "hostile acts".

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