Trump talks to Saudi king, dispatches Pompeo

Khashoggi,Jamal Khashoggi,Saudi journalist

Khashoggi,Jamal Khashoggi,Saudi journalist

Saudi Arabia is reportedly allowing Turkey, which reportedly says it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed, to search its Istanbul consulate.

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure", an official said, according to state news agency SPA.

Trump said he would be calling King Salman of Saudi Arabia to discuss the Khashoggi matter.

In the meantime, Lieberman said it's important for the U.S.to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia because the king is "the best hope we've had for modernizing Saudi Arabia in a long time".

Oil is still off the $86 peak seen last week before the sell-off on the United States markets.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had not cooperated in the investigation, despite proposing to create the joint working group with Turkish authorities.

Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi government, vanished last week in Istanbul, Turkey, after entering the Saudi consulate there.

Trump has said he probably will not cancel a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi government because that could unnecessarily harm the U.S.

Britain and the U.S. are also considering boycotting the conference, the BBC has learned.

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

Trump has previously threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, though he said Washington would be "punishing" itself if it halted military sales to the country.

Saudi Arabia has called such allegations "baseless" but has not proved the writer ever left the consulate. "I think we would've known by now". Jeffrey Currie, the head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs Inc., said Middle East tensions impacting the oil market have now "broadened to include Saudi Arabia". The writer had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year. The letter triggered an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has reviewed the USA intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, has said: "The likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents almost two weeks ago, but Riyadh strongly denies this. The Trump administration’s ongoing courtship of Saudi Arabia is on pause over allegations that the key US ally is involved in the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi writer and dissident who went into his nation’s consulate in Turkey but never came out.

Prodded Saturday to specify what type of "severe punishment" he could impose, Trump demurred. "There are other things we could do that are very, very powerful, very strong, and we'll do that". "Would you like to speak up about that?" he said, turning to Sen.

"I want to assure markets and petroleum consumers around the world that we want to continue support the growth of the global economy, the prosperity of consumers around the world", Al Falih said.

Lankford responded: "Yeah, there's a big list".

Saudi Arabia appears to be increasingly cornered.