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April 29, 2018, North Korea - "North Korea to 'unify' standard time with South Korea", By Jennie Oh, United Press International


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North Korea is going to change its time zone from UTC+8:30 back to UTC+9 (same as South Korea) on May 5, 2018.

North Korea has decided to wind its clock forward half an hour to match its time with the South's, two years and eight months after it decided to adopt its own standard time.

Seoul's presidential official Yoon Young-chan told reporters Sunday that in talks between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, Kim said he would shift time in Pyongyang to Korea Standard Time (UTC+9:00)

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Kim is said to have pointed to the two clocks hanging inside the Peace House, located on the South's side of Panmunjom truce village, and said that this "pained his heart," before suggesting to Moon that the South and North "first unify the time."

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Until 2015, Pyongyang used the same time (135 degrees East) as Seoul but adopted its own standard time 30 minutes behind KST.

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