SEOUL: North Korea announced Friday it was moving its clocks back 30 minutes to create a new “Pyongyang Time” — breaking from a standard imposed by “wicked” Japanese imperialists 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. North Korea said the time change, approved on Wednesday by its rubber-stamp parliament, would come into effect from August 15, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule. “The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said. Standard time in pre-colonial Korea had run at GMT+8:30 but was changed to Japan standard time in 1912.