Red Cross chief in first N. Korea visit in 21 years
SEOUL (AFP) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) flew into Pyongyang on Tuesday - the first visit to North Korea by the head of the humanitarian agency in 21 years.
Mr Peter Maurer arrived days before Red Cross officials from North and South Korea were due to sit down to discuss resuming reunions for Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
"The visit ... is an opportunity to reaffirm the ICRC's readiness to help resolve humanitarian issues on the Korean peninsula," an ICRC statement quoted Mr Maurer as saying.
"The plight of the family members who remain separated by the Korean War, many years after the cessation of hostilities, will be among the issues addressed," the statement said.