North Korea has said it is willing to allow South Korean businessmen to visit the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park in the North where work has been suspended since April due to heightened tensions between the two countries. In a statement carried by state media, North Korea said it was prepared to discuss with the businessmen how normal operations could be resumed. But South Korea has expressed worry about its citizens' safety and asked that government-level talks be held.
Operations at the joint industrial complex have been suspended since the North withdrew its workers in April. North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), responsible for ties with South Korea, said it would guarantee the businessmen's safety. "We have given permission for the visit and can even discuss the shipment of products at the industrial complex," Yonhap news agency quoted the committee as saying.
South Korea "may send with them members" of the governing body that oversees the complex, the committee added. A spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, said talks need to be held between both governments, which Seoul has been requesting.