PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - Staff from the Prime Minister's Office is in Pyongyang, North Korea, to discuss the case of imprisoned Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim.
North Korea freed Heyon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor, who had been jailed in the country for two and a half years.
Lim has been held in custody by the North since he entered the reclusive country on a humanitarian mission in January 2015.
Lim, a Reverend at the Light Presbyterian Korean Church in Toronto, was sentenced to a life of hard labor by the North Korean regime in December of 2015 for numerous charges, including attempting to overthrow the North Korean government.
The American, 23, was released from Pyongyang prison and sent to the USA with "food poisoning" but soon died.
Hyeon Soo Lim, 61, was discharged "for medical reasons", announced the agency, while a delegation of canadian government was in Pyongyang to discuss his case.
Two other Western Christians, a pair of American professors at North Korea's evangelical-run private university, were taken into custody in April and May-the latest in a string of missionaries to get in trouble in Pyongyang.
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Lim has been suffering from high blood pressure and stomach pains, according to letters to his friends.
North Korea in retaliation threatened a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam and said North Korea would "turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war" at any sign of an impending American attack.
His release came one day after a special envoy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in the North. North Korean prosecutors also accused him of helping "lure and abduct" North Korean citizens, calling them defectors.
Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.
Trump warned North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un any threats would be met "with fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before".