ISRAEL'S decision to attack Syria earlier this month came after Israel shared intelligence with President George Bush indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, according to US Government sources.
Although the Administration was deeply troubled by Israeli claims that North Korea was assisting the nuclear ambitions of a country closely linked with Iran, sources said, the White House opted against an immediate response because of concerns it would undermine long-running negotiations aimed at convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
But ultimately the US is believed to have provided Israel with some corroboration of the original intelligence before Israel proceeded with the raid on the suspected nuclear site on September 6, which hit the Syrian facility in the middle of the night to minimise possible casualties, the sources said.
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