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Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudis killed Khashoggi

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Signalling a stern warning to Saudi Arabia, has said that would be severely punished if they were involved in the possible murder of missing

Trump told CBS's '60 Minutes' that the administration "did not know yet" if was killed, adding that the situation "is being looked at very strongly". The interview is set to air on Sunday, reported.

"As of this moment, they deny it, and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them?" the US added. Trump is facing growing coercion from the US opposition parties, who are calling for strict actions against

The strong comments by the US came as is facing massive international pressure over Khashoggi's disappearance.

had claimed that they have "shocking evidence" that the senior scribe was killed and dismembered by a group of 15 men, who are considered to have close links with the

has been missing ever since cameras captured him going inside the on October 2. Hatice Cengiz, his fiancee, who was waiting outside the consul, had stated that she did not see him re-emerging from the building.

Most officials believe that Saudi Crown had carried out an operation to murder Khashoggi, who wrote a series of columns criticising the kingdom country's regime in

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's vehemently refuted allegations against the state regarding Khashoggi's disappearance.

"The affirmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's condemnation and denunciation of the false accusations circulated in some media on the and people against the background of the disappearance of the Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi," an official statement had said.

The release had further said the "baseless allegations" levelled against were "lies" and further mentioned that the state is "committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with international laws and conventions".

Meanwhile, Trump said that he would call Saudi to discuss the matter, adding that the "situation was not good".

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 04:30 IST