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North Korea f*cks with Japan by setting its clocks back half an hour.
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All right, stop. Pyongyang time.

The Associate Press is reporting that North Korea has decided to set up its own time zone. The official time, as announced by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), will be half an hour earlier than it currently is and it appears that the reason for this change is just to mess with Japan.

The new time zone will take effect Aug. 15 — the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II, North Korea's official Central News Agency said Friday. The establishment of "Pyongyang time" will root out that legacy, it said.

Local time in North and South Korea and Japan is the same — nine hours ahead of GMT. It was set during Japan's rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945.

"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation," the KCNA dispatch said.



You can watch a video of the announcement on The Guardian's website.

North Korean officials named the new time "Pyongyang time" and probably has nothing to do with M.C. Hammer's catch phrase.



It was awfully nice of both North Korea and Russia to give us examples today of what weird countries they are.

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Citing "a source in China," the Chosun Ilbo reports that "the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, 'seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority.'"

The newspaper says that after North Korea asked China to stop the video from spreading, "Beijng was unable to oblige."

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This latest comedy by Seth Rogan and James Franco is stirring up some serious anger from North Korea. Gee, I wonder why? I mean, it's not like North Korea is known for its irrational approach to international diplomacy and extreme hatred for America...

Speaking to the state media agency KCNA, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said that releasing it would be "an act of war" and promised "merciless" retaliation. Commenting on the premise of the film, the spokesperson said that "making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated."

While the threats may be worrying for the filmmakers, it is certainly giving them a lot of free PR. The threats are also well-timed as the trailer of The Interview was recently released earlier in June.

Thanks for the headsup, Daily Dot!

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Atlanta-based Moneyhorse Games created a side-scrolling video game that will be available soon for PCs and mobile devices. It features North Korea's Kim Jong-Un gallivanting through forests on unicorn and dashing through the streets of Pyongyang, battling U.S. paratroopers. Kim Jong-Un's noted bestie Dennis Rodman will also be involved.

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A musician from Hong Kong, William, has come to realize that he has an uncanny resemblance to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. With the growing infamy of the dictator, everyone is in shock and awe when William hits the street in character.

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Skateboarder, Patrik Wallner, put together this video of what North Korea looked like during a recent trip, which happened to coincide with the 100th birthday celebration of long deceased ruler, Kim Il-Sung. As polarizing as opinions of North Korea can be, it certainly makes an interesting backdrop for this clip.

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Food Not Bombs of the Day: The US State Department this morning released a statement saying North Korea has agreed to halt all nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment and nuclear missile tests, in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food aid.

The six-nation disarmament-for-aid talks with the hermetic nation ceased in 2009, after North Korea withdre

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Powerful Photo of the Day: Thailand-based Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj captures the oppressive bleakness of everyday life in Pyongyang with his prize-winning photo of a solitary, illuminated picture of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, haunting the capital city's decaying Brutalist apartment blocks at night.

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Dead Leader of the Day: Snow fell on Pyongyang as the funeral procession of North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il snaked its way from the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to Kim Il Sung Square and back again during today's three-hour-long official state ceremony.

Leading the cortege was Kim's "great successor," his son Kim Jong Un, who was accompanied by senior officials.<

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Crying To Keep From Dying of the Day: Dramatic footage released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency shows "grief-stricken" citizens mourning the death of their Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il, with emphatic wailing in scenes reminiscent of the ostensible outpouring that followed the passing of North Korea's founder -- and Kim Jong-il's father -- Kim Il-sung.

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Behind The Curtains of the Day: Filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong document the inner workings of North Korea's powerful propaganda machine as the first foreign film crew allowed inside Pyongyang’s secretive University of Cinematic and Dramatic Arts.

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