North Korea Creates Its Own Time Zone, Surprises No One

North Koreans will get to sleep in an extra half-hour on Aug. 15: The country is creating its own time zone.

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | August 7, 2015

It appears Kim Jong-un has taken a break from pointing at things to proclaim a new policy. 

North Korea is creating its own time zone. 

The official reason? "Wicked Japanese imperialists" have "deprived Korea of even its standard time." 

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Unofficially, Kim Jong-un might be trying to boost his cred in what's otherwise been a rough year PR-wise for the young tyrant. 

Both North and South Korea have been in the same time zone as Japan since Japan annexed a then-unified Korea in 1910. (Video via U.S. National Archives

The hermit kingdom will set clocks back 30 minutes on Aug. 15 — the 70th anniversary of the nation's liberation from Japan. 

Neighboring South Korea — despite its own bitterness toward Japan — has no plans to do the same. 

This video includes images from KCNA and music from Kevin MacLeod / CC by 3.0.

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