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Ryder said on Friday that recovery teams have “mapped the debris field” and are “in the process of searching for and identifying debris on the ocean floor.”

It marked the second time US jets had taken down an object in less than a week  following the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina last Saturday.

“We’re calling this an object because that’s the best description we have right now,” Kirby said

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“We don’t know who owns it – whether it’s state-owned or corporate-owned or privately-owned, we just don’t know.”

iit came inside our territorial waters – and those waters right now are frozen – but inside territorial airspace and over territorial waters,” National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby told reporters on Friday.