North Korea to set clocks back 30 minutes from the south

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back its current standard time by 30 minutes.

Currently, local time in both Koreas and Japan are same. That was set when the then single Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that the establishment of “Pyongyang time” is aimed at rooting out the legacy of the Japanese colonial occupation period.

It says the new time zone will be effective from Aug. 15, the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule at the end of the World War II.

South Korean officials say the country uses the same time zone as Japan to conform to international practice.

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