President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark "National Nuclear Day," in Tehran last year. Image Credit: AP

Iran said it's restarted the process of producing 20% enriched uranium following an order issued by President Hassan Rouhani, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported, citing the government's spokesman.

Ali Rabiei said work had started earlier on Monday morning and the first batch of uranium hexaflouride, a compound needed in the production of enriched uranium, is expected within hours, according to Mehr.

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