Informing Lim's arrival to the country, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement: "Today, we join Pastor Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his long-awaited return to Canada".
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.
Lim, a 62-year-old South Korean-born Canadian citizen, was convicted and sentenced in 2015 for allegedly trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping US and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.
Family members will hold a press conference in Mississauga Saturday afternoon at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. "In particular, I want to thank Sweden, our protecting power in North Korea, for assisting us". "There is a long way to go in terms of Reverend Lim's healing". "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.
They flew to the Yokota Airbase in Japan from Pyongyang on Thursday, after North Korea's Central Court granted Lim "sick bail" on humanitarian grounds.
"There were a lot of calls, a lot of visits to Ottawa, a lot of back and forth between two different governments", James Lim said. Ms. Pak confirmed that Mr. Lim - who is said to suffer from high blood pressure and is believed to have lost a significant amount of weight since his capture - will be receiving medical attention.
"Now more than ever, he's never felt more Canadian", the son said. Earlier this week, Trump said the country's threats against the USA would be met with "fire and fury".
"We stand by all of our allies very much including the United States".
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.