The head of the medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, says restrictions imposed by North Korea are preventing aid from reaching the country's neediest.

Marine Buissonniere said today (Wednesday) that North Korea made it nearly impossible for aid groups to travel freely, speak to patients, and assess how much impact they had.

Doctors Without Borders left North Korea in 1998 because of concerns about how the group's aid was being used. The group could not determine whether the 10 million dollars worth of medical supplies given during the final 18 months of its stay even reached those who needed it.

Ms. Buissonniere said she strongly believed her group's aid was being diverted to benefit members of the regime.