Daniel Jasper

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Daniel Jasper is AFSC’s Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for the Asia Region. His work focuses on improving relations between the US and Asian countries where AFSC operates such as North Korea, China, and Myanmar. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and bachelor’s degree in Global Studies, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.[1]

Contributors

Zoom in Korea, Contributors[2]

"We have a hydrogen bomb now"

North Korea Tells the World "We have a hydrogen bomb now, and it works" Brian Becker, host of "Loud and Clear", with guests Paul Liem of the Korea Policy Institute, Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists; and Daniel Jasper, advocacy coordinator for Asia at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) on 1/7/16.

During this hour long program, the guests discuss core questions surrounding the announced North Korean H bomb test, why the DPRK exited from the NPT Treaty and resumed its nuclear weapons program, Obama’s Asia pivot, what North Korea really wants and whether the US can shift its policy toward North Korea. [3]

Supporting an End to the Korean War

July 2019 WASHINGTON - Today, a coalition of five organizations is celebrating the passage of Amendment 217 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The historic vote represents the first time that Congress has taken a stand on the need to end the nearly 70-year-old Korean War.

This amendment, led by Representatives Khanna and Sherman, recognizes that diplomacy is essential for navigating a realistic path forward on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that a formal end to the Korean War plays a critical role toward that goal

“This vote is a game changer,” said Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ. “It’s a clear sign that the American people want an end to the oldest U.S. conflict, and that ending decades of hostilities with a peace agreement is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis.”

“A peace agreement to end the Korean War offers a clear path, if not the only path, for real progress towards the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” said Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action.

“Diplomacy is the only way to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula and begin the process of phasing out North Korea’s nuclear weapons program,” said Win Without War Advocacy Director Erica Fein.

“We applaud the passage of this historic vote, which recognizes that ending the Korean War is essential for addressing the challenge of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. It is clearly in the national security interests of the United States and our South Korean ally to expand diplomacy and pursue a changed relationship with North Korea,” said Ploughshares Fund’s Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker and Roger Hale Fellow Catherine Killough.

“The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War” in the US, but it is a daily reality for the Korean people. This vote is a commendable step by Congress to address the root causes of conflict and end a 70-year-old war; a step that certainly moves us along the right path toward a more peaceful, prosperous Korean Peninsula,” said Daniel Jasper, the Asia Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.[4]

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  4. [https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/07/11/coalition-national-organizations-celebrates-historic-vote-congress-supporting Common Dreams Thursday, July 11, 2019 Organization Profile: Women Cross DMZ Coalition of National Organizations Celebrates Historic Vote in Congress Supporting an End to the Korean War]