de·nu·cle·ar·ize | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌrīz , nonstandard -kyə-lə-ˌrīz \
denuclearized; denuclearizing

Definition of denuclearize 

transitive verb

: to remove nuclear arms from : prohibit the use of nuclear arms in

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denuclearization \(ˌ)dē-ˌn(y)ü-klē-ə-rə-ˈzā-shən, nonstandard-kyə-lə-rə- \ noun

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But Trump has continuously claimed since meeting with Kim that the North Korean leader has agreed to denuclearize. Alex Ward, Vox, "Let’s just say it looks like North Korea is lying about giving up its nukes.," 2 July 2018 The activity at Yongbyon shows that Kim has pocketed the carrot of a presidential summit without taking steps to denuclearize. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Korea Keeps Enriching Uranium," 1 July 2018 Top members of Trump’s administration have said that the North Koreans wouldn’t receive any benefits before taking steps to denuclearize — wary of falling into the same predicament that doomed previous agreements with the rogue regime. Fortune, "President Trump Shakes Hands With Kim Jong Un to Kick Off Historic Summit," 12 June 2018 Trump is seeking to get North Korea to agree to denuclearize but acknowledged that is not likely to happen immediately. Washington Post,, "Trump dangles White House visit for North Korea’s Kim if summit goes well," 8 June 2018 But on Monday, Pence said in an interview with Fox News that ‘the Libyan model’ will apply to North Korea if Kim does not agree to denuclearize. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s go-it-alone approach to foreign policy angers allies, benefits adversaries," 25 May 2018 Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met overnight, signing an agreement to end their war and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, ""I don't think he's playing," Trump says of Kim Jong Un," 27 Apr. 2018 Recent reports suggest that the North has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites and that U.S. intelligence assesses that the North does not intend to fully denuclearize. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 To encourage the North to denuclearize, the United States and South Korea agreed to suspend the large-scale joint military exercises slated for August. New York Times, "U.S. Military Prepares to Receive Soldiers’ Remains from North Korea," 23 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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