In the face of increasing pressure from western countries to dismantle its nuclear enrichment program, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that nuclear energy is a critical part of Iran's new plan to lower carbon emissions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"In the face of rising oceans and devastating hurricanes," President Ahmadinejad explained, "Iran has a moral responsibility to free ourselves of carbon emitting fuels. Doing so requires us to enrich uranium and build nuclear power facilities."
The Iranian leader was flanked at the press conference by Al Gore who also issued a statement: "I embrace President Ahmadinejad's bold move to significantly lower carbon emissions. He is a beacon of moral leadership to the rest of the world."
When asked by a western reporter whether Iran would also stop shipping oil to the rest of the world, President Ahmadinejad explained that, "it would take time to shift the Iranian economy from one that exports oil to the world to one that exports enriched uranium to our friends in Syria and elsewhere."
At today's press conference, President Obama was asked for his opinion on Iran's bold move.
"This is simply another reason why we should meet directly with leaders like my friend Mahmoud. Bold ideas for the future are not the simply the purview of the United States."