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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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 The principles would require North Korea to denuclearize and get rid of all biological and chemical weapons, end production and enrichment of nuclear materials, scrap its ballistic missile program and allow robust inspections. Ted Barrett, CNN, "Democrats warn Trump on North Korea deal," 4 June 2018 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

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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