(CNN)As international pressure mounted on Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom came out swinging Sunday, threatening to retaliate and spelling out the ways in which Riyadh would punish the US if it imposed sanctions.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and Saudi royal insider-turned-critic, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée.
His disappearance has drawn international condemnation
and sparked warnings from US President Donald Trump on Saturday of “severe punishment”
if the Saudis are found to be behind his death. Britain, France and Germany also said on Sunday they were demanding a “credible investigation.”