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Lim and Canadian officials have yet to discuss the details of his ordeal in North Korea, the reason for his arrest or what prompted his release from a life sentence of hard labor on charges that he sought to overthrow the Pyongyang regime.

He appeared slightly frail but in good spirits as he returned to his congregation at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, a Toronto suburb.

Canada's desire to include a dispute settlement mechanism in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has put the country on course for a potential clash with Washington, which said in its goals released last month it wants to drop the current system, known as Chapter 19.

He made the appearance just one day after arriving home on a small government aircraft Saturday morning.

"Reverend Lim's release was a miracle, work of God", said the Korean church's founder, emeritus pastor Chai Hoon Park.

Lim was released after serving more than two years in a North Korean prison.

The pastor, who served in one of the largest churches in Canada, had travelled to North Korea regularly on humanitarian missions before his detainment.

It's possible the regime is being more cautious with Mr. Lim's health problems, Mr. Denney said.

The two nuclear powers have been steadily increasing their rhetoric, leading Freeland to condemn North Korea's actions but suggest it's time to reel in the verbal threats.

"We are very glad that pastor Lim is now safely home", she said. Earlier this week, Trump said the country's threats against the US would be met with "fire and fury".

"We need to find ways to pressure and persuade North Korea that the path that it is on. this path can have no positive ending for North Korea", she said following a meeting with agricultural groups in Edmonton on Friday.

"We are also very clear that we stand by all of our allies, very much including the United States".

A number of Christian missionaries - mostly ethnic Koreans who are USA citizens - have been arrested in the past, with some of them only allowed to return home after intervention by high-profile U.S. political figures.

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