The US leader in January warned that he would pull-out from the accord unless its "disastrous flaws" were addressed. "Our talks (with the E3) will continue in the next two weeks", he said, referring to Britain, France and Germany.
The Iranian foreign minister's conversation with Asselborn came as the former is visiting Brussels to attend a trilateral meeting with his French, British, and German counterparts as well as the European Union foreign policy chief on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
He added that he believes Iran "never made a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".
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"But Iran took advantage of the economic benefit [it gained] from the lifting of the sanctions in order to continue its activity to destabilize the region, particularly by developing ballistic missiles and by supporting terror organizations in the region - including Hizbullah [in Lebanon] and the Houthi militias [in Yemen] that use capabilities provided by Iran to harm the citizens of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and to repeatedly block global seaways, thus grossly violating [UN] Security Council resolutions ..."
The EU, which with Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, signed the nuclear accord with Iran, does have some steps it can take to shield European business in Iran.
Iranian hardliners are already mobilising against the government's efforts to save the nuclear deal.
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Zarif's delicate diplomatic mission was complicated by reports of clashes between Iranian and Israeli forces in Syria on Thursday. "However, if a conflict were to happen, it would likely be between Iran and Israel, or waged through one of Tehran's underlings [such as Hezbollah]". It's very unsafe. It's sending the signal that the United States wants to confront Iran, and that's a signal that the Israelis and the Saudis are all too eager to hear."On Friday, the White House issued a statement condemning Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps".
Meanwhile, France's PSA Group -the company that makes Peugeots and Citroens-has also been keenly selling into Iran.
"The extent to which we can keep this deal alive ... is something we need to discuss with Iran", said Ms Merkel, who earlier spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue.
Zarif is in Brussels on the final leg of a diplomatic tour to save the 2015 nuclear deal after the recent United States withdrawal from the pact. To preclude that, Washington should create a channel with Europe to find a way to focus on areas of non-nuclear common interest in the post-May 8 world that involve Iran, like stopping ballistic missile flight tests.
Al-Taher addressed the Kingdom's reticence to fully back Washington, saying that if a war were to break out in the area of Jordan's southern border with Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah II "would have to make very hard decisions".
During the call, Rouhani said the USA decision to withdraw from the deal was "unlawful" and "irresponsible". "They have devastated what is left of their reputations".
He emphasized on CNN that his job now was to advise Trump and that the president would make the policy decisions.
"Today we expect to examine how we can use the mechanisms at our disposal with the participation of the European Troika, China, Russia, Iran and the European Union to prevent the undermining of this important document, to prevent destabilization of the situation in the region and to prevent new threats to the non-proliferation regime".