Consequences over Khashoggi death will have to be 'very severe'

KSA came up with a laughable face-saving fiction that some rogue officers killed Khashoggi in an operation gone awry

But Trump's willingness to give the Saudis more time to investigate the matter - at the behest of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, even as USA intelligence agencies and worldwide leaders say Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance - complicates the growing crisis with the U.S.'s uneasy ally.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing".

USA intelligence officials have mounting circumstantial evidence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The New York Times reports. But Pompeo denied the report.

Mahoney said Khashoggi's disappearance has generated greater "horror" and more worldwide press coverage than he has seen in many, many years.

U.S. president Donald Trump acknowledged that it "certainly looks" as though Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him.

The US president threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered the Washington Post columnist in what appeared to be a toughened response to the situation.

Asked what would be the consequences for Saudi Arabia, Trump said: "Well, it'll have to be very severe". Lawmakers are threatening to sanction the Saudi government, while President Trump, who has cultivated closer ties to the kingdom, has so far sought to downplay the incident.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said secretary-general Guterres remains very concerned about Khashoggi's fate and "has repeatedly called for the truth to come out in this situation". It certainly looks that way, ' the US President said today in Washington DC.

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"We will share the results to emerge with the entire world". He said last week that it would be a "tough pill to swallow" to cease the sales over Khashoggi, contending that such a move would hurt the United States economy.

Pro-government media in Turkey have released surveillance photos identifying an intelligence officer in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage as the mastermind of the alleged killing.

It is believed he was tortured, murdered and dismembered in the presence of up to 15 Saudi officials, including Dr al-Tubaigy and Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, who is a bodyguard for the Crown Prince.

Saudi Arabia has denied the claims, and initially insisted Mr Khashoggi had freely left the embassy.

The federal government has no intention of sending anyone to a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week at a time when Riyadh is the target of global outrage - and one source insists Ottawa never had plans to dispatch a delegation.

"It is out of question for Turkey to give any kind of audio tape to [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo or any other US official", he added.

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