Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

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US President Donald Trump (R) holds a defense sales chart with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. This would be the first such measure since the 1973 oil embargo.

Idris also said Saudi rulers were conducting "a horrendous war" against the poverty-stricken people in Yemen which had seen schools and hospitals bombed. "Some are not to the liking of the American or the world economy: investment is one but there is the mighty oil weapon".

Media reported that Turkish investigators believe the journalist was murdered inside the consulate, but Saudi Arabia claims that Khashoggi went missing after he left the building.

The Kingdom is said to be preparing a report that would admit that Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported, citing two unnamed sources.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump told reporters after speaking with King Salman. Saudi stock index was down 3 percent in early Tuesday trade before it recouped some losses for a decline of 0.5 percent by 0949 GMT. Some U.S. companies that had planned to attend the conference, including The New York Times, have pulled out since Khashoggi's disappearance. In an apparent response to Trump's comments, a Saudi official said if any moves were taken against the kingdom "it will respond with greater action".

"Should they decide to cut production by half a million or 1 million barrels a day, the market will be extremely tight and we should expect prices of $100+ easily". Specifically, the Turks claim to have audio and video evidence demonstrating that Saudi operatives tortured and killed the dissident journalist - and then, with the aid of a bone saw and a doctor of forensic medicine, chopped his body into pieces.

King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi case, a Saudi official said.

Giovanni Staunovo, commodity analyst at Swiss bank UBS noted the market was pricing in some risk premium with traders closely watching Saudi crude exports until tensions between the U.S. and Riyadh diffuse.

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Trump called his top diplomat on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "Considering that spare capacity is already extremely low, the oil market can not afford another "accident".

Aldakhil pointed out that due the economic muscle of Saudi Arabia, which is the destination of ten per cent of the weapons manufactured in the United States and is one of the top 20 economies, Riyadh will have as many as 30 different options "without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed on it".

Similar campaigns have been trending on social media in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, although there has been no official backing so far.

He says the U.S.is working with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to figure out what happened.

"US sanctions on Riyadh would mean Washington is stabbing itself", said the general manager of the Dubai based Al-Arabiya news channel, Turki Aldakhil.

The case has provoked an global outcry against the world's top oil exporter, with media and business executives pulling out of an investment conference next week.

The insider never shied away from criticizing Saudi policies but gained prominence in many circles, including as an adviser to former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.

Another potential impact could come from Saudi Arabia's arms purchases.

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