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Trump vows 'severe punishment' if journalist killed by Saudi

AFP  |  Washington 

US has said could be behind the disappearance of missing and warned would inflict "severe punishment" if he was murdered.

The Saudi has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's consulate in on October 2, with Turkish officials accusing of murdering him inside the diplomatic mission.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment," Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" program, according to an extract of an interview that was released on Saturday.

"As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes," Trump said in the interview, which was conducted on Thursday, when asked if was murdered by

The network said it will air the interview in full on Sunday evening.

Trump added the matter was especially important "because this man was a "

But when asked what options Trump would consider, the said he was not keen to limit arms sales to the kingdom -- a position he has previously voiced.

"Well, it depends on what the sanction is," he said.

"I'll give you an example -- they are ordering military equipment.

Everybody in the world wanted that order. wanted it, wanted it, we wanted it. We got it, and we got all of it, every bit of it.

He added: "I'll tell you what I don't want to do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that. And you know what, there are other ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 19:00 IST