The U.S. Pentagon has revealed that there is yet another Chinese spy balloon, Fox News reports.
The revelation was made by U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder on Friday.
"We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America," Ryder said. "We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon."
It is unclear where this particular Chinese spy balloon is now located. As with the first balloon, details are sparse.
But, on Friday, Columbian officials confirmed the news with a statement, writing:
On February 3, 2023, in the morning, the National Air Defense System , detected an object over 55,000 feet high, which entered Colombian airspace in the northern sector of the country, moving at an average speed of 25 knots, identifying characteristics similar to those of a balloon.
Columbia goes on to add that the Columbian Air Force followed the object until it left Columbian airspace and did not take further action.
Columbia claims that the ballon was determined to "not represent a threat to national security and defense."
This comes as another Chinese spy balloon recently floated across the United States, including over areas of the country where military assets are located.
Chinese officials have claimed that the balloon is nothing more than a civilian weather device that just happened to veer off course. But, the U.S. Pentagon says others.
According to the Pentagon, the balloon is actually a surveillance balloon, and U.S. officials further believe that China intentionally sent the balloon to the United States.
It appears that the United States military had tracked the balloon all the way from mainland China. Despite this, however, the administration of President Joe Biden decided to let the balloon travel all the way to America - and across America - before deciding to do anything about it.
On Saturday, when the balloon had reached the Atlantic Ocean, the Biden administration finally decided to shoot the balloon down.
China condemned the move, stating:
China strongly disapproves of and protests against the U.S. attack on a civilian unmanned airship by force. The Chinese side has, after verification, repeatedly informed the U.S. side of the civilian nature of the airship and conveyed that its entry into the U.S. due to force majeure was totally unexpected. The Chinese side has clearly asked the U.S. side to properly handle the matter in a calm, professional and restrained manner. The spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Defense also noted that the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.
Now, U.S. officials are hoping to be able to recover the balloon and obtain important information about it. There still are many, many questions about the incident that remain unanswered, and the Biden administration, as a result, is facing serious criticism for its handling of the situation.