Iran begins enriching uranium to 20 percent at Fordo facility: report
First batch of enriched uranium expected to be ready within hours, govt spokesman tells semi-official agency
Iran started enriching uranium to 20 percent at its Fordo nuclear facility, Mehr news reported on Monday.
The semi-official news agency cited government spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying the process began earlier in the day, with the first results anticipated on Monday.
The official added that Iran had notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in advance.
In December, Iranian lawmakers approved a bill urging a range of measures aimed at curbing the country's commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Among those was a provision for manufacturing at least 120 kilograms of uranium enriched to the 20 percent mark every year.
Iran has been reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear accord for months after US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018.
US President-elect Joe Biden has stated his intention to return to the agreement, but his team appeared divided on whether the deal would have to be amended to also undercut Iran's ballistic missile aspirations and support for regional terrorist groups.