WASHINGTON - US Vice-President Joseph Biden Sunday declined to comment on last week's drone attacks inside Pakistan's tribal areas, but appeared to make it clear that the action was in line with President Barack Obama's declared policy on dealing with militants along the Pak-Afghan border region. "I cannot speak to any particular attack. I cannot speak to any particular action. It's not appropriate for me to do that. What I can say is that the president of the United States said, during his campaign and in the debates, that if there is an actionable target of a high-level Al-Qaeda personnel that he would not hesitate to use action to deal with that," he said while responding to a question about Friday's attacks in Pakistan that resulted in the death of 22 people. Biden, who visited Pakistan and Afghanistan just before assuming the office of vice-president, said the 'good news' is that there is 'a great deal of cooperation' going on between Pakistan and the international forces on the Afghan side to check cross-border movement of militants. "What we are doing is that we are in the process of working with the Pakistanis to help train up their counterinsurgency capability, their military. And we are getting new agreements with them about how to deal with these cross-border movements of these folks. So, we are making progress," Biden said on CBS' Face the Nation in his first interview as vice-president. Asked to elaborate, a Pakistani embassy spokesman said agreement of views on coordination of border monitoring, improvement in intelligence sharing and bolstering the capacity of Pakistani security forces is a continuous process between the coalition partners. On the drone attacks, the embassy spokesman said, Pakistan is clear that only its forces can carry out any anti-terrorism actions on its side of the border. In the interview, Biden also said that the FATA border has been historically ungoverned. "That's where the bad guys are hiding, the Al-Qaeda folks are, and some other malcontents, it has been ungovernable for the Pakistani government." The vice-president also declined to respond when asked if the United States would notify the Pakistani government in advance of drone attacks on militant targets. The vice president also said there will be an 'uptick' in American casualties in Afghanistan as the United States military increases its presence in that war, which he characterised as 'a real mess'. Replying to questions about Afghanistan, Biden, speaking from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, said the situation there has deteriorated. He blamed a 'failure to provide sufficient resources, economic, political and military, as well as failure to get a coherent policy among our allies, economically and politically, and in terms of the military resources'. He said corruption is 'rife' since the Taliban is in 'effective control of significant parts of the country they were not before' and because of the opium and heroin drug trade. "The bottom line here is, we have inherited a real mess. We're about to go in and try to essentially reclaim territory that's been effectively lost," Biden said. "There are going to be some additional military forces. There are going to be additional efforts to train their police and to train their army. And all of that means we're going to be engaging the enemy more now." CBS host Bob Schieffer asked whether that means more American casualties should be expected. "I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick. Because as the commander in Afghanistan said 'Joe, we will get this done, but we're going to be engaging the enemy much more'," the vice president said.