TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban as “offensive”, noting that the new restrictions prove Trump’s “fake empathy” for Iranians.

“Trump’s fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens,” Zarif said in a message posted on his Twitter account on Sunday.

The Iranian minister also appeared to be referencing Trump’s recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, to which the Iranian foreign minister stressed “Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one."

The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year.

The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach.

"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night.

In a statement Sunday night, the White House called the new restrictions a "critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans' safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime."