SEOUL, The head of an international Red Cross organization said Monday that he is ready to expand support for North Korea amid expectations that improving inter-Korean relations could lead to a demand for more professional skills and experience with humanitarian issues.

Peter Maurer, head of the Switzerland-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said that his organization's humanitarian work in the North has been "modest" and that more should be done to improve the situation in such areas as health, water and sanitation.

"The issue of separated families has been the concern for the ICRC since the Korean War and we have, over the decades, always tried to carve out neutral and impartial political space in which solutions for separated families, family reunions, family reunification, clarification of (the) destiny of missing people could be found," he said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency.

"We hope that the new development may offer new opportunities, and the ICRC is ready to play the role of a neutral intermediary, if necessary, and to offer its services, also its technical services if this is accepted and desired by the two countries and by the two national societies," he added.

Source: Yonhap News Agency