It is called ‘Pyongyang time’ and it starts today, August 15, 2015.
A couple of weeks ago, in its latest gesture to the rest of the world and in this instance, specifically Japan, North Korea revealed it will establish its own time zone by going back 30 minutes.
North Korea’s previous time zone had been the same as that of South Korea and Japan (GMT +9), set during Japan’s rule over the then single Korea (1910-1945).
The selection of date was made to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.
In characteristically frank terms, the Korean Central News Agency put it as follows –
“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation.”
A change of time zones is not only a direct message to Japan but will also most markedly affect relations with South Korea, but also international dealings as well as its symbolic importance.
For those who are wondering, Kim Jong-Un has gave out wristwatches as awards to Party members in the name of his father Kim Jong-Il, in 2013.
When he was alive, Kim Jong-Il liked his luxury products and gave out many watches in the name of his own father, Kim Il-Sung. Starting in 1972 and thereafter annually until his death, Kim Jong-Il presented Omegas with the name of his father engraved on them to loyal party members.
So – a world timer watch with Pyongyang time?