North Korea, an impervious country stuck in the Cold War and consumed with its long-dead founder, now wants to turn back time.
The government made an official announcement on Friday that it would forge its own time zone – “Pyongyang time” – and set its clocks 30 minutes behind those of South Korea and Japan. The change and gesture is set for Aug. 15,that marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, which liberated the Korean Peninsula from Japanese rule.
The present time on the peninsula – nine hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time – was set by Japan. North Korean public pronouncements can be as fatally anti-Japanese as they are anti-American, so it was natural that the clock change would be publicized as discarding off a despised relic of colonial domination.
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