The U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis met with South Korea’s foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, recently. The two discussed the ongoing changes in North Korea that have taken much of the world by surprise, outlined in the Panmunjeom Declaration. They talked about the efforts toward denuclearization, and of the upcoming June 12 meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. They both reaffirmed their hopes toward moving forward in peace and diplomacy — Secretary of Defense Mattis even stated the U.S.’s commitment to helping defend the Republic of Korea, so long as diplomacy continues in its current vein.

Less than a month ago, Secretary Mattis met with Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo of South Korea under similar circumstances to discuss similar things.

On June 12, President Donald Trump will travel to the southeast Asian city-state, island country Singapore. There he will meet face-to-face with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, and the two of them will discuss the two countries’ futures.

Preceding this historic summit, North Korea has announced that it will be dismantling its nuclear test site.

“If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people,” said U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and this seems to be the philosophy taken by many U.S. officials as they move forward on this new, unexpected path with North Korea.