President Bush pointedly declined on Thursday to discuss an Israeli airstrike in northern Syria on Sept. 6 that Israeli officials say hit a nuclear-related facility that North Korea was helping to equip.
Mr. Bush did, however, warn North Korea that the United States expected it to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs and to stop selling weapons or expertise abroad, as it promised to do this year. He emphasized that he was speaking generally, not specifically, about whether North Korea provided assistance to Syria.
"I'm not going to comment on the matter," Mr. Bush repeated twice when asked about the strike at a news conference at the White House. When pressed, he added, "Saying I'm not going to comment on the matter means I'm not going to comment on the matter."
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