Canada calls for North Korea, United States to de-escalate situation

Although sentenced to hard labor for life Pastor Lim was granted

Canada FM urges US, North Korea to step back

"Canada has been actively engaged on Mr. Lim's case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that he has returned", the statement 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.

South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 16, 2015.

Freeland's remarks came as Trump delivered another warning to Pyongyang that the USA military is "locked and loaded" if the regime acts unwisely.

"Having said that, I think that we need to seek ways to de-escalate the situation".

Freeland declined to comment directly on Trump's remarks, but said Canada has been very clear about condemning the actions of North Korea, including its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Toronto pastor Hyeon Soo Lim of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto was reunited with his family at Pearson airport Sunday after two years in detention in North Korea.

Lim's release came almost two months after US college student Otto Warmbier died shortly after he was released from North Korea in a coma.

The family of a Canadian pastor released from a North Korean prison says he is now on his way home. He had been serving a life sentence since 2015 for alleged anti-state activities. She said Canada had been clear from the outset that Lim had to be released and returned home.

The Toronto resident Lim started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly 30 years ago.

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