Masters of the mis­sile?

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - — The Wash­ing­ton Post — The As­so­ci­ated Press

James Lim says watch­ing his dad, Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, em­brace his new grand­daugh­ter for the first time was just “in­cred­i­ble.”

“To see two peo­ple I love fi­nally meet and em­brace,” the pas­tor’s only child said Satur­day. “It was sur­real in the be­gin­ning to wit­ness my fa­ther com­ing off an air­plane after 21/2 years.”

Dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence at Mis­sis­sauga’s Light Korean Pres­by­te­rian Church just a few hours after the 62-year-old pas­tor landed at CFB Tren­ton, an ec­static James Lim thanked Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and the staff at Global Af­fairs Canada for se­cur­ing his dad’s re­lease from a North Korean labour camp.

“Thanks to the Cana­dian pub­lic for pray­ing for us ... We are proud to be Cana­di­ans,” he said, not­ing that the first thing his dad wanted to do after re­unit­ing with his fam­ily was to drop by a Tim Hor­ton’s for a cof­fee and a dough­nut.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Lisa Pak said that while the pas­tor was too tired to be at Satur­day’s press con­fer­ence at his beloved 3,000-con­gre­gant church, he’d at­tend a “wel­come home wor­ship ser­vice” Sun­day.

James Lim, who’d ad­mit to be­ing in his mid-30s, said his dad is in “very, very good spir­its” and “very good health” con­sid­er­ing all he has been through.

“He’s even happy to have lost the weight ... He’s al­ways been try­ing to lose a few pounds,” he said, adding that his dad will need more thor­ough med­i­cal check­ups.

His dad’s or­deal be­gan in 2015 when on one of his many hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions to North Korea, he was ar­rested for crimes against the North Korean state and sen­tenced to a life of hard labour.

Pak said that since he had been there 110 times be­fore his de­tain­ment — bring­ing food, di­a­pers, eye­glasses and other supplies and teach­ing the North Korean peo­ple how to farm — that they’re “cu­ri­ous” as to why he was ar­rested on this most re­cent mis­sion.

Of­fi­cial word of the pas­tor’s re­lease — due to health rea­sons — came this past Wed­nes­day. James Lim said they never gave up hope through­out the 21/2-year or­deal, even though they spent a lot of time on the phone to Ot­tawa hav­ing to nav­i­gate and work with dif­fer­ent bu­reau­crats and politi­cians.

“It was a del­i­cate dance ... there was a lot of com­plex­ity to it,” he said.

He said the im­per­a­tive to se­cure his dad’s re­lease be­came more press­ing in June when they learned of the “ter­ri­ble and un­for­tu­nate pass­ing” of 22-year-old Otto Warm­bier, who had also been in­car­cer­ated in North Korea.

Asked about his dad’s ded­i­ca­tion to his faith, James

BEI­JING — Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to ex­er­cise re­straint over ten­sions with North Korea dur­ing a phone call Fri­day night, Chi­nese state me­dia re­ported.

After a week of threats and counter-threats be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang, Xi urged both sides not to do any­thing that would ag­gra­vate ten­sions, China’s CGTN state Lim said it has “grown even stronger” over the pe­riod of his in­car­cer­a­tion.

“He had about 2,700 meals on his own in iso­la­tion and through those times he’s been able to spend time with God in soli­tude,” he said. TV net­work re­ported.

Mean­while, Ja­pan fin­ished in­stalling sur­face-toair mis­sile in­ter­cep­tors in the west­ern pre­fec­tures that North Korea said would be in the flight path of any mis­siles launched to­ward Guam, where North Korea is threat­en­ing an “en­velop­ing strike.”

In his phone call with Trump, Xi said China hoped the par­ties con­cerned would

He added that pol­i­tics aside, the fam­ily has no ill feel­ings to­ward North Korea be­cause there are 22 mil­lion peo­ple in that so­ci­ety that should never be for­got­ten.

“Our fam­ily’s po­si­tion is that we should never for­get ex­er­cise re­straint and re­frain from tak­ing any ac­tion that will ag­gra­vate ten­sions on the penin­sula, ac­cord­ing to CGTN.

Di­a­logue, ne­go­ti­a­tions and a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment are the fun­da­men­tal ways of solv­ing the Korean Penin­sula’s nu­clear is­sue, Xi said dur­ing the call, which took place Satur­day Bei­jing time.

“The Chi­nese leader about the peo­ple of North Korea ... those who don’t have food se­cu­rity or warmth dur­ing the win­ter,” Lim said. “I don’t think the world should for­get that.” ex­pressed Bei­jing’s will­ing­ness to main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the U.S. to ap­pro­pri­ately re­solve the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue,” the net­work re­ported.

Trump, who’s to visit China later this year, on Tues­day threat­ened to re­spond to fur­ther threats from North Korea by un­leash­ing “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

WaSH­Ing­tOn — u.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials are pretty sure north Korea can put a nu­clear war­head on an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal mis­sile that could reach the united States.

But experts aren’t con­vinced the bomb could make it all that way in­tact.

they cite lin­ger­ing ques­tions about north Korean leader Kim Jong un’s nu­clear know-how.

“I don’t think north Korea has a good mea­sure of how ac­cu­rate the mis­sile is at this point,” said Michael Elle­man, an ex­pert with the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Stud­ies. “they don’t know if the re-en­try tech­nolo­gies will re­ally hold up — whether the bomb will sur­vive the trip.”

north Korea has short­range mis­siles that can hit its neigh­bours. It has tested an in­ter­me­di­ate one that could strike guam, a u.S. ter­ri­tory, as well as a longer­range mis­sile that could reach Hawaii and per­haps the u.S. West Coast.

the in­ter­me­di­ate and long-range mis­siles are still be­ing de­vel­oped and it’s still ques­tion­able whether they can re­li­ably strike tar­gets.

the north must con­duct more tests to mas­ter what is known as “re-en­try” in mis­sile par­lance, experts be­lieve. the process in­volves shield­ing a nu­clear war­head from the high tem­per­a­tures and force it faces when it re-en­ters the Earth’s at­mos­phere at about 7 km per se­cond.


Pas­tor Hyeon Soo Lim is greeted by a fam­ily mem­ber after ar­riv­ing in Canada yes­ter­day. Right, a sign wel­com­ing Lim home hangs across the en­trance of the Light Korean Pres­by­te­rian Church in Mis­sis­sauga.

Xi JiN­PiNg Ex­er­cise re­straint

DoN­ALD TrUmP “Fire and fury”

JAmES Lim Ec­static

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