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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The bold move comes a month after President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in an effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Russian military planes violate South Korean air defense zone four times, report says," 13 July 2018 In his rosy assessment, Trump claimed that ‘‘only the Opposition Party’’ and the news media are presenting a different picture of his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in the wake of his June 12 summit with North Korea leader Jim Jong Un. John Wagner,, "US would be at war with North Korea ‘if not for me,’ Trump says," 3 July 2018 The trip comes amid growing concerns that Washington and Pyongyang may not share the same goals on the pace and scope of efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and reports that North Korea is proceeding with its weapons programs. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Pompeo to Visit North Korea Again, With a View Toward Denuclearization," 2 July 2018 In addition to planning the Trump summit, Putin and Bolton discussed Russian involvement in Ukraine, the Syria civil war and efforts to denuclearize North Korea, all of which are expected to be subjects at the summit, officials said. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin to meet in Helsinki, report says," 28 June 2018 The diplomatic history of U.S.-North Korean relations is littered with broken promises to denuclearize and deals gone sour., "Today: Land of the Media Giants," 13 June 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. David Tweed,, "Trump, Kim Voice Optimism Over Path to Peace as Summit Opens," 12 June 2018 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

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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