OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia does not wish to impose a 1973-style oil embargo on Western consumers, the country's energy minister reportedly said Monday, amid a deepening crisis over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
It comes as the world's top oil exporter faces intensifying international pressure to explain exactly what happened to Khashoggi at a Turkish consulate earlier this month.
On Friday, the kingdom admitted for the first time that Khashoggi — a prominent critic of Saudi leaders and former Washington Post journalist — had been killed. The statement comes after Riyadh initially said he had left the building unharmed on October 2.
Turkish authorities claim Khashoggi was murdered by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate and say they have evidence to prove it.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied any involvement.