WASHINGTON: The US respects Pakistan s sovereignty but will carry out strikes to eliminate terrorists who are targeting its forces.

While  briefing the media personnel, the Deputy Spokesman of US’s State Department Mark Toner said that the US will keep on targeting terrorists, who are activity pursuing, and planning and directing attacks against US forces.  

Toner was responding to questions on Pakistan hitting out at the US for launching the drone strike on its soil to kill Mansour, describing it as a "violation of its sovereignty".

"The strike sends a clear message that those who target Americans and Afghan people are not going to be given a safe haven. And then also, that it know that there s only one option for the Taliban and that is to pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict," Toner added.

He said it also sends the message that the Taliban must decide what its future is going to be.

He further said that whether it s going to be part of a peaceful, political future for Afghanistan. They can sit down with the Afghan government and begin negotiations and talks.  We support an Afghan-owned, Afghan led process.