Saudi papers warn against threats to kingdom

World War 3: Donald Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ if Saudi Arabia murdered journalist

The president has said the U.S. will inflict "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible for the death of Mr Khashoggi.

"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 complete and detailed response", they added.

The Washington Post reported in recent days that the Turkish government informed us officials it was in possession of video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, but have not made them public.

US President Donald Trump has vowed "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was behind the disappearance of its dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is feared killed at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

The Kingdom "is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions", he added according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding a plan to capture and kill the veteran Saudi journalist.

Mr. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has not been seen since October 2, when he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had not so far co-operated with the investigation - despite a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz saying his nation wanted to uncover "the whole truth".

"The kingdom also affirms that if it is [targeted by] any action, it will respond with greater action".

Turkish officials have expressed frustration at Saudi's level of cooperation, having still not been allowed to access the consulate building, despite promises.

Khashoggi, a Virginia-based critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week for some paperwork regarding his divorce, but he never exited the mission.

President Trump also said Washington will inflict "severe punishment" if Riyadh is found to be responsible for the alleged death of Khashoggi.

Unconfirmed reports said that Khashoggi was likely killed inside the compound, which was denied by Saudi officials as "baseless".

It also warned that "the kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy".

Mr Trump indicated earlier this week he was reluctant to pull out of a multi-billion-dollar United States weapons deal with the Saudis to show White House anger if the missing journalist was killed by the Saudis.

With pressure mounting on President Donald Trump to take action over the suspected murder, he said Saturday that the United States would be "punishing itself" if it halted weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Investors have taken fright, prompting Saudi stocks to tumble by around seven per cent at one point on Sunday, wiping out their gains for 2018.

Threatening to impose economic sanctions and repeating "false accusations" will not undermine the country's standing, said the statement on Saudi Arabia's official press agency, which quoted an "official source".

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