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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said the U.S. must demonstrate a zero tolerance for aircraft entering U.S. airspace after shooting down an unidentified craft.

"The first line of defense, again, is Alaska," Murkowski told NBC News on Friday.

US MILITARY SHOOTS DOWN 'OBJECT' FLYING IN TERRITORIAL WATERS OVER ALASKA

The Department of Defense shot down a "high altitude object" flying in territorial waters over Alaska on Friday.

She continued, "If it comes into Alaska airspace, if it comes over Alaska waters, we need to act. We need to send the message, and we need to be clear and unequivocal that we don’t tolerate this, period."

CHINESE SPY CRAFT PAYLOAD LOCATED OFF WATERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, MOSTLY INTACT: US OFFICIAL

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told the press the Pentagon had been tracking a "high-altitude object" flying at 40,000 feet over Alaskan airspace for about a day – but underlined there is no information yet to discern whether it was of Chinese or even "corporate" origin.

President Biden ordered the downing after being advised by the Pentagon. 

The unidentified "object" landed on frozen waters, and was significantly smaller than the large Chinese surveillance balloon shot down last week, according to officials.

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