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North Korea to introduce new timezone this month

The North Korean government has decided to push back its clocks by 30 minutes, returning the country to a timezone originally used by the Korean Empire in the late 19th century.

The new timezone, which will be called Pyongyang Time, will take effect on August 15, the state-run KCNA news agency announced in a dispatch. "The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time," KCNA reported, referring to Japan's annexation of Korea in 1910.

North Korea is currently on Korean Standard Time, the same timezone used by the South.

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