Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the Trump administration would start revoking visas and considering other steps against the Saudi Arabian officials who it believes played a role in the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo said the administration has continued to seek out the facts of what happened to Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. But he said the government has enough information today to take some steps.
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"The administration is also taking appropriate actions now given the information currently available to the United States," Pompeo said. "We have identified at least some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry, and other Saudi ministries who we suspect to have been involved in Mr. Khashoggi's death."
"We are taking appropriate actions, which include revoking visas, entering visa lookouts and other measures," he said.
"We are also working with the Treasury Department to review the applicability of global Magnitsky sanctions to those individuals," Pompeo added.
"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States," he warned. "We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable."