[tz] North Korea ultimatum deadline time confusion

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Aug 21 17:14:02 UTC 2015

North Korea has delivered a 48-hour ultimatum to the South Korean Defense 
Ministry, saying that it will respond militarily unless South Korea stops 
broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers over the border.  There seems to be 
some confusion about the ultimatum's exact deadline.  Ju-Min Park and James 
Person of Reuters report that although the ultimatum is "uncharacteristically 
specific", the deadline is "around 5 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday in Seoul". 
Could the time confusion be due to the recent time zone change in North Korea?

Park JM, Pearson J. North Korea goes on war footing against South Korea as 
deadline looms. Reuters 2015-08-21 12:53 -0400. 

$ date -u; TZ=Asia/Pyongyang date; TZ=Asia/Seoul date
Fri Aug 21 17:12:37 UTC 2015
Sat Aug 22 01:42:37 KST 2015
Sat Aug 22 02:12:37 KST 2015

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