President Biden stated on Thursday that there is no reason to assume that China or any other surveillance operations are connected to the three aerial objects that were shot down after the military brought down the Chinese spy balloon.
The three unidentified flying objects are still being examined by the intelligence committee. During Thursday’s press briefing, the president added, “we don’t yet know what these three items were, but right now, nothing implies they were tied to China’s spy balloon programme or that they were surveillance vehicles from any other country.”
“These three objects were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research,” Biden said.
Over eight days, fighter jets shot down at least four aerial objects, including a Chinese surveillance balloon that crossed the country from Alaska to South Carolina.
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“I gave the order to take down these three objects due to hazards to civilian commercial air traffic, and because we could not rule out the surveillance risk of sensitive facilities,” Biden said.
“[North American Aerospace Defense Command] acted in accordance with established parameters for determining how to deal with unidentified aerial objects in U.S. airspace and their recommendation.”
According to Biden, the United States is working to recover the Chinese balloon’s fragments. But above Lake Huron, wreckage from the three other objects that were shot down over Alaska, the Yukon, and American airspace “are lost,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told reporters on Tuesday.
“The remnants are in very difficult terrain with low temperatures,” he said. “They haven’t been able to find them.” Despite the recent sightings, Biden claimed that there is no proof that the number of objects in the sky has suddenly increased.
“We’re now just seeing more of them, partially because of the steps we’ve taken to increase our radars, narrow our radars, and we have to keep adapting our approach to delay, to dealing with these challenges,” he said.
“That’s why I’ve directed my team to come back to me with sharper rules for how we will deal with these unidentified objects moving forward, distinguishing, distinguishing between those that are likely to pose safety and security risks that necessitate action, and those that do not. “But make no mistake, if any object presents a threat to the safety and security of American people, I will take it down.”