world power


Definition of world power 

: a political unit (such as a nation or state) powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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Over the opposition of European allies, the president in May pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal involving Iran, the United States, and other world powers. Matthew Lee,, "Trump says there ‘might be an escalation’ between US, Iran," 12 July 2018 Under that deal, the U.S. and world powers gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. NBC News, "Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars," 6 June 2018 Few think Kim Jong Un is willing to entirely forfeit his nuclear weapons arsenal in any deal with the United States or other world powers. John Wagner,, "Trump sounds optimistic tone about North Korea talks a day after canceling summit," 25 May 2018 Pompeo added that the U.S. and world powers would maintain economic sanctions against North Korea until full denuclearization was achieved. John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, "Pompeo pushes back against North Korea's 'gangster-like' criticism," 12 Apr. 2018 The two games happen on what is widely considered to be the more powerful side of the bracket, one that featured a number of world powers and made for a knockout gauntlet. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus,, "World Cup Daily Podcast: The 'Varsity' Side of the World Cup Quarterfinals," 5 July 2018 Iran and six world powers agreed to the nuclear deal in 2015 to curb Tehran's nuclear weapons ambitions in exchange for relief from international sanctions. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits U.S. Embassy in London that Trump said was 'bad deal'," 22 Jan. 2018 New Agreements, New Trespasses After World War II, as proud as the world powers may have been to have avoided the use of chemical weapons during the battles, the Cold War arms race extended to chemical-weapons research competition, too. Lily Rothman, Time, "A Long, Brutal History of Chemical Weapons Lies Behind Trump's Decision to Order Airstrikes in Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 Kim Jong-Un in a few short years upended this fragile equilibrium and now, once again, world powers are debating how to avoid a nuclear war. Thanassis Cambanis,, "Stop trying to fix everything," 16 Feb. 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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: a country that is powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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