North Korea creates new time zone

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) gives guidance during his visit to the newly-built Pyongyang Home for the Aged in this undated photo released by North Korea"s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 2 August 2015: North Korea chose 15 August as it was the date that former leader Kim Il-sung, grandfather of current president Kim Jong-un, "crushed the brigandish Japanese imperialists"

© Reuters North Korea selected 15 August because it was the date that former chief Kim Il-sung, grandfather of present president Kim Jong-un, “crushed the brigandish Japanese imperialists”

North Korea selected 15 August because it was the date that former chief Kim Il-sung, grandfather of present president Kim Jong-un, “crushed the brigandish Japanese imperialists”

North Korea is to change to a brand new time zone to mark its liberation from the Japanese on the finish of World Struggle Two, says state media.

North Korea is at present in the identical time zone as South Korea and Japan, that are 9 hours forward of GMT.

However Pyongyang Time will see the clocks put again by 30 minutes on 15 August.

State information company KCNA stated “depraved Japanese imperialists” had “disadvantaged Korea of even its normal time” by altering the clocks throughout occupation.

All the Korean peninsula – then one nation – was eight.5 hours forward of GMT till Japan colonised it in 1910.

KCNA quoted officers as saying the choice to undertake Pyongyang Time mirrored “the unshakeable religion and can of the service personnel and other people on the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation”.

Learn extra: How do nations swap time zones?

South Korea stated the transfer might trigger some short-term inconvenience on the Kaesong industrial plant in North Korea, collectively run by the 2 Koreas.

“And in the long term, there could also be some fallout for efforts to unify requirements and cut back variations between the 2 sides,” Unification Ministry official Jeong Joon-Hee stated.

‘Fair proportion of sunshine’

There isn’t a worldwide physique that approves a rustic’s change of time zone as nations determine for themselves.

In 2011, Samoa modified its time zone to the opposite facet of the worldwide dateline, dropping at some point, in order to make communication simpler with neighbours Australia and New Zealand.

And North Korea will not be the one nation that has created its personal distinctive time zone.

In 2007, Venezuela determined to show its clocks again by half an hour as President Hugo Chavez needed to have a “extra truthful distribution of the dawn” to residents.

Venezuela is now the one nation with a time zone four.5 hours behind GMT.

Aline Niyonkuru

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