Iran: Riyadh Would Not Have Murdered Khashoggi Without U.S. Protection

Iran: Riyadh Would Not Have Murdered Khashoggi Without U.S. Protection

There are reports the disfigured body of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khoshoggi has been found.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated", the kingdom's public prosecutor was quoted as saying by the kingdom's state media on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia says senior officials including Prince Mohammed were unaware of the operation. Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of the crown prince, wrote October 8 that Khashoggi had left, and that claims the kingdom "have detained him or killed him are absolutely false, and baseless".

According to sources, record Skype-conversation is at the disposal of the Turkish President Erdogan.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's claim earlier Tuesday, Pence said, that "this brutal murder was premediated - pre-planned days in advance - flies in the face of earlier assertions that have been made by the Saudi regime".

Iran has closely followed the backlash faced by its regional rival Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi murder.

"We continue to view as achievable the twin imperative of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi", Pompeo said. However the officials said they lacked definite proof. "They've been funding a lot of things", Trump said without elaborating. On October 2, 22 USA senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump, formally triggering a provision of the Magnitsky Act, which requires the president to determine "whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation".

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Responding to a question on the probe into the death of Khashoggi, the USA president said, And where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, what they thought about it.

Pence, who spoke in Washington at an event hosted by The Washington Post, said whatever USA response the president decides to make will keep in mind the importance of US relations with Saudi Arabia - an alliance that he noted has been in existence since shortly after World War II.

A wider Western boycott of the conference suggests rising political risks in Saudi Arabia that could hit foreign direct investment, which already plunged to a 14-year low last year, according to a United Nations body.

"In terms of what we ultimately do, I'm going to leave it very much - in conjunction with me - I'm going to leave it up to Congress", he said.

"We have identified some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the foreign ministry the royal court and other Saudi ministries whom we suspect to have been involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death", Pompeo said. He later eats dinner with his accomplice and goes back to a hotel, where footage shows him smiling and laughing.

After weeks of conflicting accounts about the fate of the journalist, Saudi Arabia at the weekend said Khashoggi had been killed in a fight at the consulate, in what US President Donald Trump later called the "worst cover-up ever".

Al-Sharif, who was jailed in Saudi Arabia after getting behind a wheel before the kingdom's ban on women driving was lifted this year, spoke Wednesday in Denmark where she was promoting her book "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening".

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