US says it shot down ‘high-altitude object’ in Alaska | Political News
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The official said Washington did not know who owned the object, days after a Chinese ‘spy’ hot air balloon flew over the US.
The United States shot down an object “about the size of a small car” in northwestern Alaska, a White House spokesman announced, adding that the object’s origin has not been determined. determined immediately.
Friday’s incident comes less than a week after US forces took down an alleged man China surveillance hot air balloon entered US airspace. Beijing said the device was a weather research plane that blew up.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday’s object was flying at 12,000m (40,000 ft) over Alaska, posing a threat to civil aviation and it was demoted at the behest of US President Joe Biden.
“We don’t know who owns this object,” Kirby told a news conference, adding that it was significantly smaller than Chinese bubble flew over the country last week.
“We call this an object, because that’s the best description we have at the moment,” he said. “We don’t have any information that would confirm this object’s stated purpose.”
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