Family of Pastor Imprisoned in North Korea Concerned After Otto Warmbier’s Death

OTTAWA (Reuters) The family of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea is concerned for his welfare after the death of an American student who was imprisoned there. They want Canada to work harder to secure his release, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Hyeon Soo Lim, who served at one of the largest churches in Canada, was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 for what North Korea says was an attempt to overthrow the regime.

Family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said Lim’s family wants to see a more aggressive approach from the Canadian government following the death of American university student Otto Warmbier earlier this week, days after he was released from captivity in North Korea in a coma.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    May God protect Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim and let him be freed safely.
    May Rev. Lee be sustained and shine the light of Christ in North Korea.
    May his heart be filled with the comfort and strength from God.
    May God liberate the nation of North Korea from the reign of evil.