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

New US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty (left) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 18, 2017.
New US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty (left) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - The United States wants to work with Japan to "calm the rhetoric" over North Korea, the new US ambassador to Japan said on Friday (Aug 18).

"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.