Saudi Arabia hits back at Trump 'threats' of sanctions over missing journalist

Alicia Cross
October 15, 2018

The Turkish leadership has so far stopped short of accusing Saudi Arabia, although pro-government media have published sensational claims, including that an "assassination team" was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.

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But, he adds, that "cannot supersede our commitment to human rights".

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this bad, awful war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, said Sunday that Mr. Mnuchin still plans to attend the conference, which he described as a meeting on stopping terrorist financing.

The Saudis themselves are warning they'll respond to any "threats" against the Kingdom.

Trump also told reporters Saturday that there would be "very powerful" repercussions if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible.

US lawmakers, for their part, have come out more strongly.

When asked about a response to the disappearance of Khashoggi, Sanders suggested a major shift in the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and pointed to his previous call for the United States to separate from the war in Yemen, which he said was "causing a awful humanitarian disaster".

The Saudi government has dismissed the allegations against it as "baseless".

Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling US officials that it has tapes and video from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it has anything to do with the disappearance.

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"And - if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account".

"We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi government to provide a completely and detailed response".

Earlier, United States President Donald Trump had threatened of "severe punishment" for the Gulf country if there has indeed been any Saudi hand in the scribe's disappearance.

As investors took fright, Saudi stocks tumbled by around 7% at one point on Sunday, wiping out their gains for 2018.

The US president issued his firmest statement yet over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi officials assert - without providing proof - that he left the embassy, but Turkish officials believe he may have been murdered by Saudi agents in an elaborate kill job.

The shadow of a security guard rests atop the front door of the Saudi consulate Friday in Istanbul.

Britain, France and Germany have urged Saudi authorities to investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The drop in the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh happened Sunday, the first day of trading.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment", he told CBS News.

But both the White House and the kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the veteran journalist, who has not been seen since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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