State Department spokesman Ned Price said today that Washington strongly condemned statements made by a Taliban official who said the group would reinstate amputations and executions.
Speaking to reporters on the Associated Press, Taliban told reporters by telephone that Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi had made "clear allegations of human rights abuses."
"We remain firm with the international community to hold the perpetrators of any such abuses accountable," Price said.
Washington has said any possible recognition of a new Taliban-led government in Kabul that replaced the Western-backed government that collapsed last month would depend on respect for human rights.
"We are watching very closely," Price said. "And we are not just listening to the announcements, we are watching very closely how the Taliban are behaving."