In an emotionally charged address, Argentina´s President Cristina Kirchner voiced concerns last week that U.S-backed interests are trying to topple her government, and could potentially harm her.
The claims came after the USA held Argentina in contempt of court on Tuesday in a legal battle over debt repayments. On Wednesday, Kirchner stated that the ruling “confirmed what I´ve been saying.”
“What a coincidence the contempt was ruled just before we had to make our second payment,” she added sarcastically.
“The problem isn´t the money,” the President goes on. “It´s that they want to bring down Argentina´s sovereign debt structuring, so we go back to owing thousands and thousands of dollars.” This was met with a round of applause from the audience.
“If something happens to me- and I say this very seriously- please do not look to the East. Look up North!” She says emphatically. Kirchner´s comments were again responded to with whistles and claps of approval.
Argentina has angered the White House this year by criticizing so-called ´vulture funds´, moving to cut out U.S hedge funds, and, just last month, taking steps to allow Argentina’s government to pay bondholders locally to skirt the US financial system.