WORLD WAR 3 fears increased in recent days when US President Donald Trump warned there will be a “very severe” consequences if Saudi Arabia is found responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Donald Trump’s ally Saudi Arabia threatened retaliation on America if it imposes sanctions over the unexplained disappearance of the Washington Post columnist.
But Fox News host Stuart Varney has warned punitive action on the state could result in Saudi Arabia retaliating.
Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of murdering the journalist in the nation's consulate in Istanbul and removing Mr Khashoggi’s body. Saudi Arabia denied the allegations.
The Saudi journalist, a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was at the consulate on October 2 in order to obtain documents that certified his divorce.
Speaking to US diplomat Francis Rooney, Mr Varney said: “What kind of punishment would you think would be ok if it is clear that the Saudis did it?”
In response, Mr Rooney said: "Well, if the Saudi leadership, particularly, is complicit in something like this, I don't think we can treat Saudi any different than we treat every other country that does these kinds of international atrocities.
“I would say Magnitsky sanctions and maybe look at some of this trade.”
Mr Varney responded and said: “But they will turn around, the Saudis will turn around and say, ‘Don't you sanction us, we didn't have anything to do with it, don't care what you say.
"You sanction us and we'll meddle around with oil, or we won't be in your alliance against Iran.’ They'll take action against us if we take action against them.
But the US diplomat urged President Trump to take action on Saudi Arabia if they are found responsible for the disappearance.
He said: “Well, we are, but you've got to be principled in this. Here, we're beating up the European leaders for not wanting to sanction Iran to protect their companies.
“We've got to be willing to confront Saudi Arabia's behaviour and have the world back us up.”
President Trump warned on Thursday there will be “very severe” consequences if Saudi Arabia is found responsible for the death of the US-based journalist.