North Korea frees Canadian pastor, Tillerson tries to calm nerves
Release comes as Canadian envoy travels to Pyongyang to ease tensions
A day after top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Daniel Jean, arrived in Pyongyang, a Korean-Canadian pastor, Lim Hyeon-soo was released from detention on Wednesday, after having been sentenced to life in prison with hard labor two years ago.
The visit by the Canadian envoy and the release of the prisoner are welcome signs of de-escalation of tensions between Pyongyang and the West, following President Trump’s warning of “fire and fury” on Tuesday.
America’s top diplomat also tried to ease tensions following his tour of Southeast Asia.
“Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days,” Tillerson told reporters Wednesday. Trump “felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directed at North Korea,” he added.