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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Even as American officials including top diplomat Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say that North Korea is prepared to fully denuclearize, there are questions over what that entails for not just Pyongyang, but also Washington and Seoul. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit," 10 June 2018 Trump will try to pressure the North to denuclearize very quickly or face stiff penalties. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A historic summit," 28 Apr. 2018 But the summit focused more on whether Kim would agree to work with Moon on proving to the US that North Korea was willing to denuclearize. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Florence’s flooding continues," 19 Sep. 2018 But the president's optimistic outlook about North Korea's willingness to denuclearize and steps in that direction have been brought into question, after an NBC report claiming North Korea has been expanding a nuclear facility. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Sen. Warner asks intelligence chief if Trump's North Korea claims are true," 11 July 2018 What had been dubbed a denuclearization summit was actually light on the specifics, beyond its quid pro quo joint statement twinning North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize with US security commitments for Kim. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Despite murky details, summit sends NK clear message: Welcome to the club," 12 June 2018 With a summit between the Koreas a week away, the South's president says the North may be willing to denuclearize — even if the U.S. keeps its troops on the Korean peninsula., "Today: The Comey Memos," 20 Apr. 2018 The People’s Republic of China also want to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits China Amidst Uncertain Tensions," 26 June 2018 But in fact, Pyongyang also suspended tests for a while under President Barack Obama, and promised to denuclearize. NBC News, "North Korea shatters Trump's boastful assurances of an easy path to denuclearization," 7 July 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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