Saudi Arabia breaks 45-year taboo with veiled oil weapon threat

Saudi Arabia breaks 45-year taboo with veiled oil weapon threat

Saudi Arabia will retaliate "with even greater action" if the US president goes through with a threat of "severe punishment" should it be proven that Saudi agents killed dissident journalist Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish authorities have claimed they have proof the journalist was tortured, killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, a journalist and regular columnist for the Washington Post, failed to emerge after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer", Trump continued in this morning's tweet, ignoring Turkey's remarks to the contrary, though today, almost two weeks after Khashoggi vanished, Saudis are allowing Turkish forensic authorities into the consulate for the first time.

President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

"We can confirm. that Jamie will not be attending the Saudi event", a JP Morgan spokesperson said in an email to the BBC on Monday.

The case has provoked an global outcry, with Trump threatening "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and European allies urging "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible.

"There's not enough money in the world for us to buy back our credibility on human rights if we do not move forward and take swift action, " Rubio said. It's being investigated. It's being looked at very, very strongly. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are now clashing over the disappearance of Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi officials have said he left the consulate shortly after entering it.

Behind The Headlines: The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told Saudi Arabia Britain wants urgent answers over the reporter's disappearance. By close , it had recovered some losses, ending down 3.5 percent and losing $16.5 billion of market value.

Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who became an independent, said the disappearance and suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are "troubling", but until facts are established, the United States shouldn't destroy its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures or repeating false accusations", said the statement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

"I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it's business as usual until we know what's happened here, " said Rubio, R-Fla.

Britain expects Riyadh to provide "a complete and detailed response" to questions over Khashoggi's disappearance, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday.

It's unclear, however, whether Saudi Arabia would be willing to unilaterally cut production. The lawmakers' letter was a preliminary step under the Global Magnitsky Act toward taking punitive action.

Trump has said he does not want to halt a proposed $110-billion United States arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm USA manufacturers.

"Well, there are many things we can do".

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