To the Editor (of your choice):

When South Korea's President Kim Dae Jung visited Washington, Dr. Norbert Vollertsen, a German doctor who was expelled from North Korea at the end of 2000, was also there. He was making the case that aid to North Korea be linked to improvement of human rights. He had spent 18 months there doing humanitarian work throughout the country. Seeing the misery of the oppressed, starving people, he was convinced that foreign aid without strings could not benefit them unless major human rights reforms were adopted.

Vollertsen says there are influential people in North Korea who want a change and that tying aid to reform will give them leverage. Time has told his story in its international edition, but he needs more exposure by the media here to get his message to President Bush.