Canadian pastor being held in North Korea speaks at news conference

Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Fri July 31, 2015

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Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim confesses to activities aimed at toppling the government of North Korea

Family spokesperson is extremely skeptical of the charges and the confession

Westerners held previously in North Korea have said that their confessions were given under pressure

(CNN) —  

A Canadian pastor detained in North Korea made his first public appearance at a news conference in Pyongyang on Thursday, nearly six months after he was arrested in the country while on a humanitarian visit, according to North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA.