US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said inspections on the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were still proceeding but that the United States would hold those discovered responsible liable for his death.

The comments of Pompeo to Fox News represent the stance of the US President Donald Trump on the murder even as the CIA has presented the evaluated report with high confidence that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman directed the death of Khashoggi. A Washington Post contributor and US resident were murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October, instigating a political crisis in Saudi Arabia and whipping relations with the United States and other Western allies.

Pompeo described the murder of Khashoggi as  “ a tragic incident” and “ not something that America approves of”, and spiked to sanctions that the United States has urged on 17 Saudis that has said were responsible.

Pompeo and Trump have yelled Saudi an important partner in the probe against Iran, and Pompeo is programmed to visit a meeting of United Nations for discussing Iran later. The outgoing US ambassador Nikki  Haley to the United Nations also framed the US Saudi partnership but also yelled on the administration to point out a path forward.

US ambassador Nikki Haley told in a separate interview that, “ We need to have a serious, hard talk with the Saudis to let them know we don’t condone this, we won’t give you a pass and don’t do this again. And then I think that the administration has to talk about where we go from here”.

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