North Korea to adjust time zone to align with South Korea’s

  • North Korea will shift its time zone 30 minutes earlier to align with South Korea starting May 5
  • President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit last week at the border village of Panmunjom

North Korea will adjust its time zone 30 minutes earlier to align with South Korea starting May 5 in a bid to promote the two Koreas’ reconciliation and unity, the country’s state media said Monday.

During a summit with President Moon Jae-in on Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that his country will move its clock forward 30 minutes, back to the same time as in the South, according to South Korea’s presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

“I feel sad to see that there are two clocks hung on the wall of the Peace House, one for Seoul time and the other for Pyongyang time,” Kim was quoted as saying by Yoon.

“Since it is us who changed the time standard, we will return to the original one. You can make it public,” Kim added.

President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit last week at the border village of Panmunjom and agreed to seek “complete” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and push for declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War this year.

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