Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence.
I usually come before you to express deep concerns about unfolding developments and trends around the world.
Today, a bit of good news.
I want to address a promising development for global peace and security.
The world is closely watching what will take place in Singapore in a few hours’ time.
I commend the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States for pursuing a diplomatic solution.
I also thank all those who contributed to creating the conditions for this key moment.
The two leaders are seeking to break out of the dangerous cycle that created so much concern last year.
Peace and verifiable denuclearization must remain the clear and shared goal.
As I wrote to both leaders last month, the road ahead will require cooperation, compromise and a common cause. Continue reading