Masters of the missile?
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