South Korean president says North Korean time zone change will "deepen disparity" between countries
On Friday, North Korea announced they'd change their country's time zone to GMT +8:30, rolling their time to half an hour back and putting themselves out of alignment with neighbors South Korea.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye responded to their decision with disappointment. “It is highly regrettable that the North unilaterally changed its time zone with no consultation with us,” she said Monday, adding that the decision will cause a “further deepening of disparity between the two Koreas”.
North Korea claimed a nationalist rationale for the decision, saying that they were reverting to the time zone they'd used before Japan changed the peninsula to Tokyo Standard Time during their occupation, which ended in 1945.
Park said, “The North’s action to break from the shared standard time ... runs counter to efforts to foster inter-Korea cooperation and to achieve reunification."
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