ICC Note: Canadian-Korean Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, recently released by North Korean government after 2.5 years of incarceration, expresses his willingness to return to the country if invited. In an interview with CBC News, he shares his imprisonment experience, love for North Koreans, and his strengthened faith.
08/29/2017 Canada (Christian Times) – Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was recently freed by North Korea after two years of imprisonment, said that he would not hesitate to go back to the Communist country if he is invited.
In an interview with CBC News, Lim, who served as the pastor of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Canada, said that his captors treated him well during his incarceration despite forcing him to dig holes and break coal by hand all day in a labor camp.
The pastor, who was born in South Korea, had been charged with attempting to overthrow the government in December 2015 and sentenced to hard labor for life.
He recounted that he had been “coached and coerced” into confessing that he entered the country under the guise of humanitarian work as part of a “subversive plot” to overthrow the government and set up a religious state.
Lim said that his captors watched him for 24 hours during his incarceration through video cameras installed in his cell.