A Korean-Canadian pastor who was released after being detained in North Korea for 31 months is on his way home.
The family of pastor Lim Hyeon-soo made the confirmation in an announcement on Thursday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also confirmed on Thursday that the pastor is set to soon reunite with his family.
Trudeau said in a statement that the Canadian government was actively engaged on Lim’s case “at all levels.” The prime minister, in particular, expressed gratitude to Sweden for its assistance, describing Sweden as Canada’s protecting power in North Korea.
The Canadian government earlier on Tuesday sent Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to the prime minister, to Pyongyang to negotiate Lim’s release.
Then on Wednesday, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Lim was released on sick bail on humanitarian grounds in line with the decision of the Central Court of the North.
Lim, who is a Canadian citizen, was arrested by the North in 2015 and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor on charges of devising subversive plots against the North Korean regime.