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North Korea frees imprisoned Canadian pastor

10 August 2017, 12:10 | Bernice Figueroa

REUTERSMr Warmer was flown home to the US in a coma in June this year

North Korea prisoner Otto Warmbier

'Rim Hyon Su, a Canadian civilian, was released on sick bail according to the decision of the Central Court of the DPRK on August 9, 2017 from the humanitarian viewpoint, ' said the KCNA news agency said Wednesday, using the pariah state's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The release of Lim, the only Canadian in North Korean custody, comes while tensions between the United States and North Korea are high enough for the Trump administration to issue a travel ban on Americans entering the hostile country.

Lim had been in captivity in the North since he entered the country via China on a humanitarian mission in January 2015, Yonhap news agency reported.

Lim was serving a life sentence of hard labor after being convicted of crimes against the state in December 2015.

His release comes two months after American college student Otto Warmbier was freed from North Korea, but died shortly after.

A spokesperson for Trudeau would only confirm that a Canadian delegation is present in the internationally isolated capital.

A Canadian security official arrived in North Korea Tuesday to secure the pastor's release.

The North is still holding three USA citizens and at least six South Koreans.

Cameron Ahmad says in the statement it is an active case and the government would not be commenting further.

Warmbier, sentenced last year to 15 years' hard labor for trying to steal a propaganda item from his hotel during a tour, died in a Cincinnati hospital just days after being released in a coma.

In letters to his family, the South Korean-born pastor complained of stomach pains and high blood pressure.

He had visited the country dozens of times and worked with orphanages and nursing homes as part of Christian missionaries.

At least three Americans and six South Koreans remain in custody in the North.

The US leader was reacting to a report over North Korea considering a strike on US territory Guam.

Interviewed past year in Pyongyang by the american news channel CNN, the pastor, the shaved head and gray uniform of a prisoner, was told that his work as a prisoner was to dig holes for planting apple trees in the orchard of his prison.

President Donald Trump has responded to recent threats from North Korea by pledging "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continue.

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