de·​nu·​cle·​ar·​ize | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce denuclearize (audio) , nonstandard -kyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce denuclearize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce denuclearization (audio) , nonstandard  -​kyə-​lə-​rə-​ \ noun

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There is ongoing debate over whether harsh sanctions can pressure Kim to denuclearize or will keep him away from the negotiating table. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump wants to keep NKorea sanctions, won’t rule out summit," 12 Apr. 2019 South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in will meet with President Trump at the White House in April to discuss their efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump to Meet South Korea’s President Moon at the White House," 28 Mar. 2019 The lawmakers sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, arguing for Trump’s nomination for his efforts to denuclearize North Korea and end the Korean War. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "18 House Republicans Formally Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize," 3 May 2018 At the Singapore summit, North Korea agreed to denuclearize in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Pompeo Lowers Expectations for a Summit Plan in North Korea Visit," 5 Oct. 2018 The optimism comes after North Korea pledged to denuclearize in a joint statement signed Tuesday. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: Eliminate North Korea's threat? That was easy (apparently)," 13 June 2018 De Klerk made a unilateral decision to denuclearize in secret, with little input from the outside world. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The ‘Libya model’ almost derailed North Korean nuclear talks. So what about the ‘South African model’?," 11 June 2018 The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize. John Wagner,, "US would be at war with North Korea ‘if not for me,’ Trump says," 3 July 2018 President Trump also should seek President Vladimir Putin’s endorsement for his strategy to denuclearize North Korea. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of denuclearize

1958, in the meaning defined above

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