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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Trump’s personal outreach to leader Kim Jong Un has turned the temperature down but failed to produce tangible steps to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Kimberly Dozier, Time, "President Trump Boasts About What He's Done for the World. But These 6 Hotspots Are Still Simmering," 4 July 2019 Pompeo told reporters Sunday that economic sanctions will stay in place, setting aside a key demand by North Korean officials that the United States provide at least partial relief in parallel with their steps to denuclearize. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Trump’s surprise meeting with Kim is over. For Pompeo, the real work has just begun.," 1 July 2019 The project shows how the two Koreas are extending their cooperation even with sanctions in place on Pyongyang and in the absence of concrete North Korean steps to denuclearize. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Old Enemies Meet Again on the Battlefield, This Time to Recover the Dead," 12 Feb. 2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in August, after claiming that Kim agreed to denuclearize. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump insists things are going fine with North Korea. They’re not.," 12 Nov. 2018 Talks with North Korea could be falling apart as Kim Jong-un doesn't seem to be taking the necessary steps to denuclearize his country. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump suspends US-South Korea war games; Public pays final respects to McCain," 30 Aug. 2018 Trump administration officials have said North Korea must fully denuclearize before removal of any of the economic sanctions put in place in retaliation for its nuclear and missile testing. Victoria Kim,, "Negotiations are underway for a third Trump-Kim summit, Seoul says," 26 June 2019 Washington is seeking verifiable and concrete promises that Pyongyang will denuclearize before removing sanctions, while the North wants economic relief to accompany disarmament step-by-step. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un Receives ‘Excellent’ Letter From Trump, North Korea State Media Says," 23 June 2019 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

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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