SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday accused South Korea’s president of being a Japanese “sycophant” after she criticized Pyongyang’s decision to change to a different time zone from the South. The North announced last week it was moving its clocks back 30 minutes to create a new “Pyongyang Time” — breaking from what it said was a standard imposed on the Korean peninsula by “wicked” Japanese colonialists more than a century ago. The change will put the standard time in North Korea at GMT+8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea which, like Japan, is at GMT+9:00. In a meeting with senior aides in Seoul on Monday, President Park Geun-Hye had called the move “regrettable” and said it could only place a further obstacle in the path of eventual Korean re-unification. The North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), which handles cross-border affairs, said Park’s remarks were “unpardonable” and a politically motivated provocation. “This indicates that the hysteria of those steeped in the confrontation with their fellow countrymen in the North, and sycophancy towards Japan, has gone beyond the tolerance limit,” the committee said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency.