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Canadian imprisoned in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador

  • FILE - In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. (AP Photo)

    FILE - In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, center, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

    FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, center, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)  (The Associated Press)

A Canadian man serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.

Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof says he met Hyeon Soo Lim, a pastor who was sentenced to life in prison in 2015, for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further.

The ambassador said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and Lim "weren't rushed."

He says there were two North Korean officials in civilian clothes and an official photographer present throughout the meeting, which was held in a conference room at a Pyongyang hotel.

Lim was accused of committing "anti-state" activities.