North Korea has own time zone by pulling back by 30 minutes its current time, a legacy of Japanese rule.

North Korea pulls clocks back by 30 minutes to establihs own time zone
This clock on the wall of an underground train station in Pyongyang will be running 30 minutes behind from next week, when North Korea pulls back its current standard time. Wong Maye-E, File/AP Photo

North Korea pulls clocks back by 30 minutes to establish own time zone

SEOUL // North Korea has no time for Japan. Not anymore, at least.

The country will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back by 30 minutes its current time, a legacy of Japanese rule.

The new time zone will take effect August 15 — the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II, North Korea’s official Central News Agency said on Friday. The establishment of “Pyongyang time” will root out that legacy, it said.

Local time in North and South Korea and Japan is currently the same.It was set during Japan’s rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945.

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