In the latest, and most tangible sign yet of ongoing attempts to de-escalate the conflict with North Korea, the state-run news agency KCNA reports that a special envoy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, according to Yonhap.
Daniel Jean, national security advisor to the prime minister of
Canada, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the Korean Central News
Agency (KCNA) said, without elaborating further.
The visit has drawn speculation that the envoy was to discuss the
issue of Korean-Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo detained in the reclusive
regime. Lim has been held in custody by the North since he entered the
reclusive country on a humanitarian mission in January 2015. In December
the same year, the North's highest court sentenced Lim to life in
prison, citing his "subversive plots" against the Pyongyang regime.
Lim's family has been urging the Canadian government to step up
efforts to release him after U.S. college student Otto Warmbier was
released in a coma from North Korea in June following a 17-month
detention and died days after a medical evacuation.