Canada had 2 meetings with North Korean officials this week

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:24 GMT, Aug 12, 2017 |

Canada’s foreign affairs minister and the envoy who secured the release of an imprisoned Presbyterian minister have both held talks over the last few days with senior North Korean officials about the deteriorating international situation.

Chrystia Freeland said Friday that she met with Ri Yong-ho, her counterpart from Pyongyang, during a meeting of Asian-Pacific foreign ministers last weekend in Manila.

It was not a formal meeting, only a brief exchange on the sidelines.

It was followed by a longer mid-week discussion in the North Korean capital between that country’s foreign ministry officials and the head of the Canadian delegation sent to secure the release of Toronto Presbyterian minister Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim.

Precisely what Daniel Jean said in his capacity as special envoy remains unclear, but Freeland said Canadian officials have been working hard to make sure the regime of Kim Jong-un understands that “it must get off this path which is so destructive for North Korea and for the world.”