The United States is considering deployment of two aircraft carriers in waters around the Korean Peninsula by mid-August in response to North Korea's latest provocations, South Korean media reported Wednesday.

Yonhap News Agency quoted an unidentified South Korean government official as saying the nuclear-powered carriers considered for deployment are the Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson.

They were similarly deployed in the Sea of Japan between May and June amid heightened tensions following North Korean ballistic missile tests.