North Korea has yet to respond to South Korean business people's wish to visit their factories in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North's border city. 

Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said in a regular briefing Monday that in order for the South Koreans to visit the joint Korean venture, the North has to extend an invitation but there has not yet been any word from Pyongyang.

Last month, around 200 businesspeople who had operations in the joint venture requested the government to allow them to visit the North on March 12th to inspect their facilities. The government plans to give an answer by Thursday but believes it must first confirm whether or not the North agrees to the visit.

On the possibility of resuming operations of the industrial park, Baik said that the government's stance remains the same -- that any steps to revive the factories will have to abide by international sanctions on the North.

The spokesman added that he believes the agenda of restarting Gaeseong operations could be discussed as progress is made on cross-border relations as well as North Korea's nuclear issue.