May 3, 2018 10:39 pm
Updated: May 3, 2018 11:28 pm

Trudeau and South Korean president Moon discuss Toronto van attack, North Korea

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau crosses himself as he visits a memorial wall with Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette (left) and Mayor John Tory (right) before attending a vigil for the victims of the van attack in Toronto, April 29, 2018.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his condolences to South Korean President Moon Jae-In after people of Korean heritage were killed and injured in the van attack in Toronto on April 23.

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Trudeau “expressed his deep sorrow to President Moon Jae-In” in a Thursday evening phone call, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

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South Korean student Ji Hun Kim was killed in the attack, which police say was perpetrated by Alek Minassian; two other Toronto residents who had Korean heritage, So He Chung and Chul Min “Eddie” Kang, also died in the attack.

Three of the injured also hailed from a Korean background, according to Korean Canadian Cultural Association president Daniel Lee.

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Trudeau and Moon also discussed the “positive developments on the Korean Peninsula,” including the historic inter-Korean summit, read the PMO statement.

The Canadian military revealed last week that it is partaking in a multi-national effort to monitor North Korean maritime smuggling, with the Royal Canadian Air Force contributing a patrol aircraft and 40 personnel towards the mission.

— With files from Nick Westoll

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