The Pentagon revealed more details of the Chinese spy balloon that flies over the United States

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The Pentagon spokesman, General Pat Ryder, specified in a press conference that the balloon is 18,288 meters high

< i class="i-share-btn email"> The US monitors a Chinese spy balloon flying over the west of the country. (Credit: NBC)

The Pentagon said Friday that the Chinese “spy balloon” is still flying over the US and is moving in an easterly direction, after it reported yesterday that it had been sighted in Montana, in the northwest of the country.

Pentagon spokesman, General Pat Ryder, specified in a press conference that the balloon is 60,000 feet from the surface (18,288 meters) above the center of the continental United States.

“The balloon has changed its trajectory,”, Ryder said, not wanting to go into detail about its exact location, noting that it “is likely” to fly over the country for “a few days.”< /b>

He explained that the airship is “maneuverable” and that under its surveillance device it has a large cargo space, the content of which he did not specify

Although they have concluded that it does not pose a threat at the moment, the US spokesman stressed that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) continues to their movements “up close”.

“Military commanders have assessed that there is no physical or military threat to people on the surface”, remarked the in general, although they will continue to monitor your movements and review the “options” available.

The US has decided not to destroy the device because it does not currently pose a danger and for fear that its falling debris could be dangerous to the surface.

Ryder insisted that it is a “surveillance device” and not, as China has said, a “civilian used for research purposes, mainly meteorological”. He stated that as soon as it was detected, they acted “immediately” to prevent it from collecting “sensitive” information.

The US confirmed on Thursday that the device was flying over Montana, a state of northwest of the US, which is home to one of the three existing nuclear missile silo fields on US soil.

The other two atomic silo fields are located in two bordering states with Montana: North Dakota to the east and Wyoming to the south.

Antony Blinken canceled his trip to China

The Pentagon revealed more details of the Chinese spy balloon flying over the United States

Antony Blinken (Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS)

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, called off a weekend visit to Beijing after the discovery of a Chinese spy balloon illegally flying over US airspace, a US official said Friday.

The visit “ it has been postponed,” said the official who requested anonymity a day after the Pentagon announced that a Chinese balloon was flying over US territory.

No However, the US is confident of preserving communication with China despite the cancellation of Blinken.

High-ranking State Department officials said in a call with reporters that the presence of the spy balloon is “a clear violation” of sovereignty and international law, making it “unacceptable” and they have decided to postpone the visit of Blinken.

Following the decision, China issued a late-night statement regretting what it called an accident involving a civilian aircraft, but the United States was unimpressed.

Blinken, who has faced intense Under travel pressure from the rival Republican Party, he decided to postpone his two-day visit starting Sunday, which would have been the first by a senior US diplomat since October 2018, a US official said.

(With information from EFE)

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