Gov't to Reduce Restrictions Near DMZ

The Defense Ministry wants to narrow the civilian control line south of the demilitarized zone, it said Wednesday.

After a meeting chaired by Vice Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo, a ministry official said, "We're considering adjusting the civilian control area in a way that ensures troops stationed in the area can carry out military operations."

"But we haven't decided yet how far further we should move the line northward and which area," he added.

The control line was drawn to bar civilians from a buffer zone south of the DMZ for military purposes. The original civilian control line was marked 20 to 40 km south of the military demarcation line, but it was gradually reduced to 5-10 km by 2008.

Reducing it further will make life more convenient for people living in the area, especially when it comes to buying and selling property.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 08, 2014 10:53 KST