A US State Department spokesman said the US continues to view the Chinese airship in US airspace as a spy balloon, noting that it is a violation of US sovereignty.
A US State Department spokesman said: “We acknowledge China’s statement of regret over this incident, and I also say that we remain confident in our assessment of the situation and in another statement made last night by our Pentagon colleagues.”
Earlier, a Pentagon spokesman said that a reconnaissance balloon was seen over the territory of the United States, which flew from the Aleutian Islands through Canada and reached the US state of Montana.
The Pentagon confirmed that the airship was being tracked by the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD, and the US military believes that the airship belongs to China, and the Department of Defense indicated that the airship was not shot down because it presented a fall hazard in populated areas.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green called on US President Joe Biden to shoot down a suspicious balloon, but she has no doubt that an object in the sky is definitely a “Chinese spy balloon,” as former President Donald Trump called for a “balloon drop.” “
In turn, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that speculation about a “Chinese spy balloon” until all the details are clarified does not contribute to the settlement of the issue.
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