King Salman and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening and stressed the importance of the two countries creating the joint group as part of the probe. "That was our first hope, our first hope was that he was not killed, but maybe that's not looking too good... from what we're hearing", Trump told journalists at the White House.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on Oct 2. No proof has emerged that he ever left the Saudi consulate, and despite the Saudis insisting that he did leave their building, they have offered no evidence that he did. Trump announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom - and anywhere else necessary - to get to the bottom of the apparent demise of Khashoggi, a Saudi who had been living and working in the United States.
It comes as oil prices rise after Saudi Arabia issued a thinly veiled threat to cut production if the USA imposes sanctions amid growing global tension over the disappearance.
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The South Korean press corps covering the ministry issued a statement denouncing it for a "grave infringement of media freedoms". Kang was not specific but her comments fueled speculation Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement.
Britain, France and Germany also released a rare joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness" and calling for a "credible investigation".
Turkish officials say a Saudi hit team arrived in Istanbul the same day Khashoggi disappeared.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh said it was important to wait for the results of investigations.
The kingdom, which said it "plays an effective and vital role in the world economy", warned that it would retaliate if any action is taken against it.
The person said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or rendition of Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.
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According to the kingdom's official SPA news agency, Riyadh said it would retaliate in case any possible economic sanctions were adopted by other states over the case of Khashoggi in what has been seen as an allusion to calls on the USA administration to revoke its hefty arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to reporters before leaving Washington to tour hurricane damage in Florida, Trump vowed, "We are going to leave nothing uncovered".
Republican Marco Rubio of Florida says that includes the multi-billion dollar arms deal that President Donald Trump wants to preserve.
The Center for Islamic Call for Latin America and the Caribbean expressed its condemnation of the campaign against Saudi Arabia.
Senators have triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.
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As of Sunday, more than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without electricity, along with about 120,000 in Georgia. Her husband's body was still trapped in the rubble. "I ain't got time, unless he wants to help clean up".
"We don't know the facts of this case just yet".