Rubio says reassess ties if Saudi killed writer

Rubio says reassess ties if Saudi killed writer

Earlier, US President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" if it is determined that Saudi Arabia is behind the journalist's disappearance.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't think any USA government officials "should be going and pretending as it's business as usual, until we know exactly what's happened here".

In the US, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Saudi Arabia should take Trump´s warning over the journalist´s fate seriously.

Turkish officials told the Washington Post that they have audio and video recordings that show a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate before killing him.

At Saudi Arabia's request, it's establishing a joint working group with Turkey to investigate Khashoggi's fate, Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, told reporters on October 11.

Riyadh has continued to deny that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate, calling the Turkish claims lies.

"We will take stern action with the Saudis if necessary, " he said.

The Vermont independent senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday said the U.S. should withdraw support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Saudi stocks dropped as much as 7 per cent, the most since 2014, on concerns that relations with the United States may sour, before trimming losses to close 3.5 per cent down.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday vowed to hit back against threats or sanctions imposed over the disappearance of veteran journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde told reporters in Bali, Indonesia, on Saturday they still planned to attend. He has indicated Washington does not want to harm close defence ties, saying the United States would be punishing itself if it halted sales of military equipment to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is New Zealand's 17th largest trade partner, taking $524 million of exports in 2016, according to NZTE.

Aldakhil added that Saudi arms purchases from the USA and other trade could be at risk as well.

Media companies and some technology executives have pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference dubbed "Davos in the Desert", scheduled for next week in Riyadh, because of growing outrage over the disappearance. The kingdom also warned of retaliation if there was any punitive action against it. The plan, known as Vision 2030 and spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to increase foreign investment, boost tourism and grow the private sector.

He said any response to Khashoggi's killing "needs to be strong, not symbolic", including the possibility of cutting off USA weapons sales to Riyadh, or it would undermine the U.S.'s moral standing in the world.

The NTV channel said the delegation is composed of 11 people and had on Friday inspected the consulate in Istanbul.

"Markets start to price in a fundamental change in the nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia", said Jaap Meijer, managing director and head of equity research at Arqaam Capital. Otherwise, the U.S. risks losing credibility when it comes to human rights, he told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.

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