Korean Peninsula: North Changes its Time to Match South

Two different time zone of South and North Korea. Photo: Screenshot of a Twitter post shared by @TheBlueHouseKR
Two different time zone of South and North Korea. Photo: Screenshot of a Twitter post shared by @TheBlueHouseKR

North Korea has changed its time zone to match South Korea after the historic summit last week in Panmunjom Peace House.

The North Korean state news agency KCNA said, “As it was reset into GMT+09:00 (30 minutes earlier than the previous time) with the 135th degree of east longitude as prime meridian to unify the standard times of the north and the south, 00:00, May 5 of Pyongyang time began from 23:30, May 4.”

North Korea regards the time-resetting as the first practical step taken after the historic “north-south summit.”

According to KCNA, North Korea reset its time zone “to speed up the process for the north and the south to become one and turn their different and separated things into the same and single ones.”

During the historic summit with the South Korean President Moon, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promised to reset the North Korean time zone back to normal.

South Korean President Moon said Kim was distressed by the difference of time zone during their summit in Panmunjom Peace House.

President Moon said on Twitter: “Kim Jong was very excited to see these two watches that hung in the waiting room of the peace House of the P’anmunjom. Chairman Kim, who had a conversation with the president, said that he had made a good arrangement today, and he did so in the time of North and the United.”

The U.S. President Donald Trump has praised the North Korean move. He told the journalist outside the White House on Friday that “We now have a date and we have a location, we’ll be announcing it soon.”

President Trump said he believes that “very, very good things” will come out of his meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“We’re having very substantive talks with North Korea and a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages,” President Trump told the journalists.

Mr. Trump is supposed to meet the North Korean leader in a historic summit in May or early in June.

President Trump will host President Moon of South Korea to discuss his meeting with the North Korean leader on 22 May in the White House.


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