Seoul to Digitize N.Korean Cadastral Maps

The government will digitize over 300,000 cadastral maps of North Korea for permanent storage which it has kept since the division of the peninsula in 1953.

The aim is to prevent disputes and confusion over land ownership in the event of reunification.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Tuesday said, "We decided to digitize cadastral maps of North Korean land made during the Japanese colonial period from 1910 to 1918."

The ministry believes the project will have significant economic and security value as a combination of digitalized cadastral maps and satellite images will make it much easier to establish the lay of the land.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 19, 2014 13:14 KST