North Korea Creates Its Own Time Zone

North Korea has become (in)famous for its unique rules, including demands that all North Korean men have the same haircut as dictator Kim Jong-Un and that citizens bow to portraits of the country's leaders.

But now, the dictatorship has further isolated itself, state news agency KCNA reports Friday – by setting its clocks back half an hour and creating its own time zone.

The tiny country will run on "Pyongyang time" on August 15 – the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Japan – starting at 11:30 a.m. IST.

"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with its 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation," KCNA stated.

North Koreans already follow their own calendar, marking the years since the birth of founder King II Sung in 1912. This year is Juche 104.


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