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VIRGINIA TRIOLI: More evidence has emerged of North Korea's possible involvement in supplying
nuclear material to Syria.

Israel launched air strikes into Syria earlier this month and the target was a facility Israeli and
US officials say may be part of a nuclear weapons program.

Intelligence sources quoted by American media suggest the program is being supplied by North Korea.

David Lawrence reports.

DAVID LAWRENCE: The Israeli Government won't even confirm the air strikes took place but today
Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu offered the first official acknowledgement Israel did attack a
military target in Syria. "I was involved in the matter from the beginning ask I gave it my
backing."

The report says a North Korean ship made a delivery to Syria on 3 September. According to what it
called US sources, the Israelis showed American officials' evidence that the North Korean shipment
contained material for a nuclear program. Three days later, Israeli warplanes destroyed a suspected
nuclear facility deep inside Syrian territory.

MARTING INDYK, CENTRE FOR MIDDLE EASTERN POLITICS: Was it the North Koreans emptying out the
nuclear cupboard before an agreement with the United States and international community? Were they
providing some nuclear technology that would have advanced the Syrian program in a serious way?
Those remain question marks.

DAVID LAWRENCE: President Bush wasn't offering any answers.

GEORGE BUSH, US PRESIDENT: I'm saying I'm not going to comment on a matter and it means I'm not
going to comment on the matter.

DAVID LAWRENCE: He offered a warning to North Korea, which is currently engaged with talks with the
US over their nuclear program.

GEORGE BUSH: We expect them to honour their commitment to give up weapons and weapons programs and
to the extent that they are proliferating, we expect them to stop their proliferation.

DAVID LAWRENCE: A former US ambassador to the UN told Lateline North Korea had worked with rogue
states before to further its nuclear interests.

JOHN BOLTON, FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN: While North Korea got great propaganda value saying no
launch testing from the peninsula, they were getting the positives of an aggressive Iranian
program. They have used the game plan before and it is logical they might try to outsource all or
part of their nuclear program to avoid scrutiny on the peninsula.

DAVID LAWRENCE: With President Bush's North Korean talks now threatened by the Syrian issue, one of
his main allies on the war on terror is coming under increasing terror.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is facing a constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court.
Opposition groups want the court to stop him seeking another five-year term.

It comes as Osama bin Laden issued an audio tape calling on Pakistanis to overthrow the President.
In the tape, Osama bin Laden says Musharraf's decision to storm the red mosque in Islamabad and his
submissiveness to America make removing him obligatory.

President Musharraf has faced growing violence since ordering the assault on the mosque in which
hundreds of Islamic militants, many of them loyal to Bin Laden, were killed.

David Lawrence, Lateline.