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North Korea changes time zone by 30 minutes

North Korea has announced it will create a new time zone called ‘Pyongyang time’.

Pyongyang, North Korea.
Pyongyang, North Korea. Image by Clay Gilliland / CC BY-SA 2.0

North Korea currently operates on the same time zone as South Korea and Japan (GMT+9). However, the new time zone will be 30 minutes behind Seoul and Tokyo (GMT+8.5). In an official statement, the KCNA, North Korea’s state news agency, said that the move was to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule in Korea in 1945. Both Koreas have been operating on Tokyo time since then. The new time zone will come into effect on 15 Aug to coincide with the anniversary. Read more: aljazeera.com