'Severe punishment' for Saudi Arabia if at fault for death

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Trump, in excerpts released Saturday from an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes show, warned there would be "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if it is determined that Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, [and] that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy", the statement continues.

Pro-government publication Sabah claimed that Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul 11 days ago.

Turkish officials fear he was killed and dismembered.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.

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Mr Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a U.S. resident, disappeared on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate.

"There are other things we can do that are very, very powerful, very strong and we'll do them". The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the U.S., they will get it from others, he said.

Journalists report from outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had not yet cooperated with Turkey on the search for Khashoggi.

He also said Saudi Arabia has been "a very good partner" to the United States, including in "combating terrorist financing".

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The promotion made a statement last Thursday announcing that they are "monitoring the situation" in the wake of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

Kalın told Anadolu Agency,"Within the framework of a close cooperation between Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and upon the suggestion of the kingdom, a joint working team between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be formed to investigate the case of Jamal in all its aspects".

The Washington Post columnist, who lived in self-imposed exile in the USA, wrote a critical piece about Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman before he vanished. He says if the kingdom doesn't buy its weaponry from the United States, they will buy it from Russian Federation.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are important USA allies in the region. Turkish authorities suspect he was killed.

Bloomberg, the Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times have withdrawn as media sponsors from the event amid questions about the missing man's fate.

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But when asked what options Trump would consider, the president said he was not keen to limit arms sales to the kingdom - a position he has previously voiced. His administration has been on friendly terms with the Gulf regional power since taking office, supporting the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen and brokering an arms deal that could be worth $110 billion over the next decade.