Two US Air Force F-22 jets are currently orbiting the Chinese spy balloon which is now floating towards the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. President Biden addressed the balloon briefly Saturday in response to a reporter’s question, saying, “we’re going to take care of it.” The FAA has issued a ground stop for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina in the areas of Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
USAF F-22 fighter jets circling the Chinese spy balloon above Conway, South Carolina. pic.twitter.com/VoWcRWNSqB
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BREAKING: The FAA has published *RESTRICTED AIRSPACE to 60,000 feet* for parts of the Carolinas and is "pausing departures" to Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston airports "to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort." More to come.
— Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) February 4, 2023
The balloon has made its way down to North Carolina after initially having been spotted in Montana. The balloon was initially speculated that it was heading toward the direction of the Carolina, and currently, the balloon is being spotted in the skies of North Carolina, with it being speculated that the balloon will be visible in Charlotte, NC within the near future.
This comes following the second balloon having been spotted in Latin America, as well as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has indefinitely postponed his trip to China following the recently confirmed Chinese state-owned balloon flying in United States air space over Montana for potential spying purposes.
Currently, the second Chinese spy balloon in Latin America is being assessed as a second Chinese surveillance balloon, according to Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder – likely removing all credibility of China’s excuse for the initial balloon spotted in Montana.
The Pentagon has confirmed that the balloon spotted in Latin America hasn’t been examined, however, it is being reported that the belief is that this second Chinese balloon was with the intention of spying purposes. It is currently unclear what the Chinese government plans to do with these surveillance balloons, and what the balloon has access to, but there appears to be a significant concern within military and intelligence circles about their intentions for collecting information in this way.