Saudi Arabia, Kashoggi, Saudi Consulate discussed on All Things Considered
Rarely ever produced before Christopher Joyce NPR news. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. This weekend. Turkey's president said for the first time that he had given audiotapes of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal kashogi to officials in a number of western countries, including the US kashogi was killed last month. Inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Turkish president's comment on Saturday keeps the pressure on the Trump administration to make Saudi Arabia face consequences for Kashoggi's death. NPR's? Jackie Northam has been following the case and joins us now. Hey, Jackie so Turkey's, president rage uptight. Irwin has ended for a while. Now that there was this audio recording of Kashoggi's killing now, he's publicly confirmed. It do you think these audiotapes will impact the global response to what happened to kashogi? Right. You know, this tape is expected to be extremely disturbing with sounds of the final moments of Jamaica show. Jeez. Life. Turkish officials say he was strangled and dismembered by fifteen men hit team from Saudi Arabia. So is probably pretty. Gruesome, the Washington Post has reported CIA director Gina hospital listened to the audio while she was on a trip to Istanbul last month, but the administration hasn't confirmed that in fact, the only country that has confirmed as listen to the audio tapes is Canada. Here's a Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Paris this weekend. Canada's intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with the Turkish intelligence Canada has been fully briefed up on what Turkey had to share. So the audiotape is out there. Yeah. Are there any plans to make the tapes more broadly public? We don't know that. But you know, every week Turkey seems to release more information about this killing so perhaps somehow it could leak out, and certainly a broader access to put more pressure on the Trump administration act to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia. Okay. So clearly Canada's been talking about these tapes is the Trump administration saying anything new at this point. There was a few things this weekend. The administration has been sending mixed messages about whether senior Saudi officials were involved in this killing and what they will do if it's found out that success. I'm this weekend secretary estate, Mike Pompeo talked with Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, and reiterated that the US will hold those responsible for Kashoggi's killing to account. But there was no mention in the State Department read out of that conversation. Anything about the audiotapes? The administration says it is reviewing whether to sanction some Saudis believed to be involved in the killing and President Trump has said he wants to wait until the Saudi authorities have finished up their investigation. And then he'll decide what to do. And he suggested that might happen as early as this week. So we could hear some time soon. But, you know, also Trump is under a lot of pressure to do something. And there are a growing bipartisan calls in congress to suspend or cancel weapons deals to the kingdom plan or cutback US involvement in the Saudi led war. You know, Yemen. Yeah. And on that the US has decided to stop refueling Saudi aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Yemen. Was that some sort of response ticket? Oh, jeez. Staff possibly the kashogi killing has put the Saudis on the defensive for sure. And the warning has been on the top of the list of what people are objecting to the thing is the Saudis have been doing the majority of the refueling anyway. So this doesn't necessarily mean a lot. But it does come at a time. When the Saudi led coalition is attacking a key port in Yemen. And groups are warning that could cut off food to millions of people in Yemen in the countries are ready on the verge of famine. So there's growing.