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    North Korea Sentences Canadian Pastor to Hard Labor for Life
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    Hyeon Soo Lim, center, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state.

    A South Korean born Canadian pastor has been sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by North Korea’s highest court, according to Xinhua, NBC News reported.

    Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor of a Toronto church has been held by North Korea since February. He appeared on the country’s state media confessing to crimes against the state, Reuters reported.

    Lim appeared at a news conference in North Korea in July, confessing that he traveled to the country on the pretext of humanitarian work.

    His church has said Lim, who is a Canadian citizen, visited the North more than 100 times since 1997 and has helped establish an orphanage and a nursing home there.