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Hyeon Soo Lim: Ottawa urged to step up pressure to gain release from North Korean prison

Ottawa is failing to take "clear" steps which could help secure the release of a seriously ailing Toronto pastor from a North Korean prison, despite messages relayed from the authoritarian country that those steps would up his chances of getting home, say Canadian sources familiar with the case.

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was convicted in December of plotting to overthrow the North Korean government, and since then has languished in a hard labour camp. The 62-year-old senior pastor of Mississauga's Light Korean Presbyterian Church is apparently in pain, has lost weight and is slower in his responses.

Ottawa says it is doing everything in its power to get Lim out of prison and in the interest of his case, it won't divulge many details on its exact efforts to make that happen.

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