US wants to work with Japan to calm rhetoric over North Korea: envoy

Reuters | Updated at 01:56pm on August 18, 2017

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William Hagerty (L), the new US Ambassador to Japan, shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 18, 2017. — Reuters photo

The United States wants to work with Japan to ‘calm the rhetoric’ over North Korea, the new US ambassador to Japan said on Friday.

‘I think the prime minister and president Donald Trump see the situation identically,’ William Hagerty told reporters after meeting Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

‘We are examining every option we have to contain the regime ... to bring the dialogue down, to get a reasonable discussion and calm the rhetoric,’ he said.