Return to the country of a pastor freed by North Korea

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

Canadian pastor returns home after release from North Korean prison

"Canada really understands the importance of independent, objective, transparent dispute settlement within NAFTA and it's something that we'll be talking about with our partners and explaining to them", Freeland said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Friday condemned North Korea's "unacceptable" actions while urging both the United States and the totalitarian regime to step back from a possible catastrophic conflict on the Korean peninsula.

James Lim said his dad was in "good health", but noted that the family planned to arrange for extended medical attention, including checkups.

"If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat - which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years - or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast", Trump said.

"We stand by all of our allies very much including the United States".

"We need to seek ways to de-escalate the situation", she said.

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A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than two years quietly returned to his home in a Toronto suburb on Saturday following a long journey on a private government jet via Japan.

Lim's release comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though authorities have not said there is any connection between his release and efforts to defuse the stand off over North Korea's nuclear program.

"He's doing very, very well considering everything he has gone through", said his son, James Lim. She said Canada had been clear from the outset that Lim had to be released and returned home. "That is a very separate and distinct issue".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national security advisor Daniel Jean also travelled to Pyongyang to discuss the case of pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was released Wednesday.

Family members will hold a Saturday afternoon press conference at his church, said spokeswoman Lisa Pak.

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