Syria denies US allegations of secret nuclear program with North Korea's help

Syria's government has denied US allegations that it was involved in a clandestine nuclear program with North Korea and accused Washington of misleading Congress about the country's nuclear activity. The Damascus government issued a statement Friday that also alleged the US aided Israel in last year's bombing of Syrian territory. Seven months after the Israeli bombing, the Bush administration said Thursday that North Korea was secretly assisting work on a nuclear reactor in Syria and the facility destroyed by Israel was not intended for "peaceful purposes."