Thirty minutes. Yes, that’s the time difference between the official time in North Korea and South Korea. Thirty minutes away from peace. But this might be a thing of the past. In a rather symbolic gesture, yet significant, North Korea will move its clocks half an hour forward to match the time in South Korea.
The North Korean News agency said that Kim Jong Un proposed the change during his historic visit across the border last week. It is a symbolic step on the road to peace between the two nations, which have been on different times since 2015, when the North’s regime was changed to “Pyongyang Time” in what was touted as a break from imperialism.
KCNA reported that Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that it was a painful wrench to see two clocks indicating Pyongyang and Seoul times hanging on a wall during their summit in the border village of Panmunjom.