The White House says the Obama administration does not and will not negotiate with al-Qaida even though it is concerned about the safety and well-being of a 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan nine months ago.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration condemns the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein and called for his immediate release.
In a video released by al-Qaida, Weinstein said he would be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the group's demands.
Carney said he did not believe the president had seen the video. He said the government would continue to make efforts to have Weinstein released.
An American hostage abducted in Pakistan by al-Qaida last August says he'll be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to his captors' demands.
In a video released Sunday, Warren Weinstein says, "My life is in your hands, Mr. President."
Al-Qaida says it wants the U.S. to stop airstrikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, and it demands the release of al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world.