August 18, 2017 / 7:01 AM / 10 months ago

U.S. wants to work with Japan to calm rhetoric over North Korea: envoy

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States wants to work with Japan to “calm the rhetoric” over North Korea, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan said on Friday.

William Hagerty (L), the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool

“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.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

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