North Korea Turns Its Clocks to Align with South
North Korea announced that it will change its clocks to align with South Korea's time zone, underscoring recent peace efforts between the two estranged nations.
Time Zone Switch on May 5
According to an official announcement broadcast by state media, North Korea will turn its clocks forward by 30 minutes to align its time zone with that observed south of the border. The change will take effect at midnight (00:00 / 12:00 am) on May 5, local time.
Pyongyang Time Scrapped
Another Sign of Thaw in North-South Relations?
North Korea's announcement seems intended to bolster recent peace efforts, which included a historic meeting of the countries' leaders, Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Moon Jae-in of South Korea, resulting in a range of concessions by the North concerning, for example, its nuclear weapons program.
Pyongyang Time Introduced in 2015
South Korea did not follow the move although it shares its northern neighbor's history of Japanese colonization—a decision that, at the time, served to highlight once more the tensions between the two Korean nations.