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Jamal Khashoggi: Trump to 'punish' Saudis over journalist

October 13, 2018 5:04 pm

President Donald Trump has said the US will inflict “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if the kingdom is found to be responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He said he would be “very upset and angry if that were the case”, but ruled out halting big military contracts.

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

Saudi Arabia dismissed allegations that it ordered his killing as “lies”.

The interior minister said on Friday that the kingdom was keen to uncover “the whole truth”, stressing reports “about orders to kill” are “baseless”.