Pressure Will Move Saudi Arabia, Russia

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Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said America can exert enough pressure to force Saudi Arabia to toe the line on its investigation into a troubling murder of a journalist, and he said withdrawing from a 30-year missile treaty with Russia may force them and the Chinese to the negotiation table.

Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics in an interview taped Thursday morning, Cotton said he’s troubled by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but as stories shift on what may have happened, it is important to let an investigation be completed.

“It’s clear that more action needs to be taken. We’re still trying to get all the facts. As you say, just in the last few minutes, there have been reports that suggest there was a premeditated murder. If that’s the case, we expect Saudi Arabia’s government to hold those persons responsible. Secretary of State Pompeo announced just a couple of days ago some pretty tough punitive measures in terms of visas, potential sanctions against those individuals as well. So I think it’s appropriate that we continue to let our two governments develop the facts,” he said.     MORE

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