US may deploy aircraft carrier to Korean peninsula next month: Yonhap

 A US Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Jan 10, 2016.
A US Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Jan 10, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The United States is considering deploying an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula next month, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said on Sunday (Jan 10).

United States Forces Korea said it had no knowledge of the matter, when asked about the Yonhap report.

US forces flew a B-52 bomber over its ally South Korea on Sunday (Jan 10) following North Korea's nuclear bomb test last week.

Yonhap said it was possible that a carrier would join a US-South Korea joint naval exercise to send a warning message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country conducted a hydrogen bomb test as a self-defence step against what it said was a US threat of nuclear war.