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North Korea has announced that it is winding its clocks back by 30 minutes to create a new “Pyongyang Time” – breaking from a time standard imposed by what it called “wicked Japanese imperialists” more than a century ago.

The change will put the standard time in North Korea at GMT 8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea which, like Japan, is at GMT 9:00.

North Korea said the time change, approved on Wednesday by its rubber-stamp parliament and announced on Friday, would come into effect from August 15, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.
(Al Jazeera)