U.S. And Pakistan Relations Continue

The relationship between the CIA and Pakistan's intelligence agency is not shut down, but is strained, a U.S. official said.

Relations between the two nations suffered a blow earlier this month when the United States found and killed Osama bin Laden.

The revelation that bin Laden had been living in a Pakistani home has fueled suspicions that Pakistani officials knew about the whereabouts of the terror leader.

The U.S. official., who did no want to be identified for safety concerns, said both sides need to continue working together.

"Both sides understand the importance of the relationship," the official said. "Cooperation is continuing, discussions are continuing, but there are issues to work through."

Also Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Tuesday that the United States will be given access to Osama bin Laden's wives and children, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN on Tuesday.

But on Monday, a senior Pakistani intelligence source had said the United States could question bin Laden's wives only if their "country of origin has been asked for permission."