tiptrot.com
tiptrot.com October 17, 2017


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.



Other News

Trending Now

Betty Cuthbert dies, aged 79
Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion Cathy Freeman was one of those to follow in the esteemed footsteps of the sporting legend. Tributes have flowed for the former star, who has been remembered as a champion on and off the track.

Patriots become first National Football League team to have own planes
A source said that the planes the Patriots bought are extended range, which allows the planes to fly non-stop for about 12 hours. Some charter companies believe that the round-trip travel for the 10 road games could cost about $4 million.

Skype Adds PayPal Integration, Lets You Make Payments While Chatting
If you live in one of those places, have a PayPal account , and use Skype for Android or iOS, you're in luck. Sending is free as long as you use your PayPal balance or a debit card in the United States.

CenterPoint, Authorities Investigating NatGas Explosion at Minneapolis School
Some students in the academy's summer program were on campus at the time of the explosion, but none of them were hurt. The state fire marshal will likely take the lead, he says, but Minneapolis fire and other agencies may be involved.

Vijender Singh rakes in Twitter applause after stretching streak to 9-0
However, India's current rift with neighbours China in the Sikkim sector could add pressure on the confident boxer. This will be Vijender's first fight in Mumbai after previously competing in a match in Delhi.

Baby boy dies after being left in a hot auto
According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars. For the second time this month, authorities found another baby dead inside a hot vehicle in Phoenix .

Israel attempts to shut down Al Jazeera's office and ban journalists
Al Jazeera reported on its website that it was blocked from attending the news conference where Mr Kara made the announcement. The crisis ended when the Israeli authorities removed the newly installed security measures, including the metal detectors.

Chicago's Sanctuary City Showdown with Trump Admin, DOJ Hits Huge Murder Rate
During a press conference, Emanuel accused the Sessions-led Department of " blackmailing " Chicago into changing its values. And he's likely to get further chances to sound off in the coming week. "I expect other cities to follow suit".

Stephen Curry sticks it to haters with another solid pro golf showing
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is using his celebrity status to support a family member with a serious condition. Some of the more prominent tour players also complimented Curry after the first round. "I kind of settled in after that".

Israel and Jordan reach agreement after Al-Aqsa mosque crisis
King Abdullah on Thursday also paid tribute to the families of the two Jordanians and stressed on Jordan's respect of global laws. Jordan said initially that the guard could leave only after an investigation, while Israel said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.