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North Korea Will Move Clocks To Align With The South In Symbolic Move

North Korea Will Move Clocks To Align With The South In Symbolic Move

They've been 30 mins behind the South since 2015 but now leader Kim Jong-un wants to change that

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

People have been cautiously praising the steps made between North and South Korea over the last two days as the country's leaders showed genuine signs of putting their grievances behind them.

Kim Jong-un became the first Northern leader to cross over the border to the South when he met with his counterpart Moon Jae-in.

The pair have signed The Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula - an agreement which included a bunch of measures, including an initiative that heads towards denuclearisation for both countries, allows blood relatives separated by the border to reconnect, and essentially makes a commitment to be better pals in the future.

But in a surprise twist, North Korea will also change its clocks to align themselves with the South.

In 2015, the North moved the time to UTC+8:30 and created Pyeongyang Time, which was half an hour behind their southern neighbours. It was done on the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan in World War Two which was also known as the liberation of Korea.


Kim wanted to send the North back to pre-imperialist times by creating his own time zone and some feared that it would cause a few economic and social issues.

But now that the North and South are getting chummy with each other, it seems as though Kim has had a change of heart.

According to Moon's spokesperson Yoon Young-chan, Kim said: "There were two different clocks in the reception hall at Peace House. One was for Seoul time and the other for Pyongyang time, which made my heart heavy.

"Let's first unify the two different times of the two Koreas."


All eyes will now be on the meeting between the US and North Korea, which is expected to take place next month.

At the moment, it seems as though attitudes are positive.

Yoon added that Kim said: "The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific.

"There is no reason for us to possess nuclear weapons... if mutual trust with the United States is built through frequent meetings from now on, and an end to the war and non-aggression are promised."

It's definitely a positive step forward compared to the nail-biting scenes we were seeing last year.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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