Saudi Arabia rejects "threats" after Trump vows "severe punishment" on Khashoggi disappearance

Saudi Arabia on Sunday said it rejects “threats” and political pressure over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, a day after President Trump said there would be “severe punishment” if Saudi Arabia is found to have killed the Washington Post Global Opinions columnist.

Threatening to impose economic sanctions and repeating “false accusations” will not undermine the country’s standing, said the statement on Saudi Arabia’s official press agency, which quoted an “official source.” The kingdom’s government and people are “as glorious and steadfast as ever,” it said.

It has been nearly two weeks since Khashoggi was last seen, stepping through the gray metal gates to the Saudi mission at 1:14 p.m. on October 2 to organize paperwork for his wedding. Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling U.S. officials that it has tapes and video from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it has anything to do with the disappearance.