U.S. President Barack Obama has said in a BBC interview he would approve a new incursion into Pakistan if the United States found another leading militant there.
Asked what he would do if one of Al-Qaeda's top leaders, or the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was tracked down to a location in Pakistan or another sovereign territory, he said the United States would take unilateral action if required.
"Our job is to secure the United States. We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan. But we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our allies' people, we can't allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action," Obama said.
A spokesman for Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, Farhatullah Babar, said in response to Obama's remarks: "We need to move away from unilateral actions and should focus on cooperation in countering terrorism." He declined to comment further.
On Afghanistan, Obama said that while the conflict could not be solved militarily, raising troop levels had put the Taliban "back on its heels" in a way that could facilitate the brokering of a political reconciliation and negotiations with Taliban.
President Obama was speaking to the BBC ahead of a European visit.
compiled from agency reports