Canadian officials meet detained Canadian in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Canadian officials have visited North Korea and met with Canadian detainee Hyeon Soo Lim, who was sentenced to life in prison last year over what Pyongyang described as anti-state activities.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that a Canadian government delegation led by Sarah Taylor, director general for North Asia and Oceania for Global Affairs Canada, visited the North to discuss Lim’s case and other issues.

The KCNA says the delegates also met Lim.

Lim was convicted by Pyongyang’s Supreme Court on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

North Korea is often accused of using foreign detainees as a way to win concessions from other countries.

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