‘Ecstatic and joyful’: Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim reunites with family after release from North Korea

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Toronto-area pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was reunited with his family in Ontario today after more than two years in detention in North Korea.

“We’re extremely happy,” the pastor’s son James Lim said media at a press conference Saturday afternoon. “We are ecstatic and joyful that my father is now home.”

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James Lim added that his dad was grateful to the Canadian government and Canadian people for their support.

“We are proud to be Canadians. One of the things my father shared is that as a Canadian going to North Korea for him was to be able to share the blessing of Canada to those in North Korea,” the pastor’s son said. “To know that Canada has stood for him, stood by him — we are so grateful.”

Lim landed in Ontario Saturday morning and is resting. He walked from the plane unaided, but did not appear at the news conference.

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

“He is doing very well, considering everything he has gone through,” he said.



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