China says Iran nuclear issue at 'critical point'

China says developments surrounding Iran's nuclear program are at a “critical point" and that lifting of sanctions on the country is key to breaking the deadlock

As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China is a party to the agreement known as the JCPOA, while also maintaining friendly relations and close economic ties with Tehran.

“The current situation on the Iranian nuclear issue is at a critical point, with both opportunities and challenges," Wang told reporters at a daily briefing.

“We have always believed that the return of the U.S. to the comprehensive agreement and the lifting of sanctions against Iran are the keys to breaking the deadlock in the Iranian nuclear issue," Wang said.