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Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, sparking global outrage against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "They give us a lot of jobs, they give us a lot of business, a lot of economic development", Trump told reporters Saturday, later adding that Saudi Arabia has been "a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development".

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters travelling with him at a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Papua New Guinea that he could not comment on "classified information".

It comes after Turkey's Minister of National Defence said Saturday that the dismembered body parts of the slain journalist may have been carried out of Istanbul's global airport.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence has said that the United States would hold the murderers of Jamal Khashoggi to account.

The CIA's reported assessment contradicts the Saudi government's assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved in the slaying of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince.

A senior USA official told CNN Friday the CIA's determination is based on a recording that the Turkish government provided and other evidence, including US intelligence. Asked about reports that the Central Intelligence Agency had assessed involvement by Mohammed, the president said: "They haven't assessed anything yet". "I can say this: He's got many people who say he had no knowledge".

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United States officials familiar with the case have cautioned that while it's likely that the crown prince was involved in the death, there continue to be questions about what role he played, according to AP news agency.

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"It takes two to tango and Iran has to end also", he said.

Over the past several weeks, the Saudis have offered multiple, contradictory explanations for what happened at the consulate. A group of 15 Saudi officials were at the consulate when the killing took place.

Earlier Thursday, the Saudi Public Prosecutor's Office said 11 people had been charged for their involvement in the death of Khashoggi, adding that five are facing capital punishment for being directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime".

Shalaan on Thursday said Prince Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, knew nothing of the operation. Trump said: "I don't know".

After the killing, one of the team members was was heard, on recording by a listening device planted in the consulate by the Turks, telling a close adviser to the crown prince, Saudi al-Qahtani, "tell your boss" it's done.

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Turkey will "never allow a cover-up" of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, a senior official in Turkey's ruling party says.

"The claims in this purported assessment is false", a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, would not change his decision on how to respond to the October 2 killing, which USA intelligence agencies have concluded was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Government officials do not believe there is a metaphorical "smoking gun" that explicitly ties MBS to the murder. Some of the 15 members have served on his security team and traveled in the United States during visits by senior Saudi officials, including the crown prince, according to passport records reviewed by The Washington Post.

As expected, the Saudi government has denied the CIA's findings.

The CIA's finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler directly to the killing. He has said he does not want the controversy over Khashoggi's death to impede the kingdom's oil production.

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