Tehran - A substantial portion of the world doesn't like Iran, according to Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi.
"I don't want to paint a pessimistic picture, but the majority of the world doesn't like us and just wishes us the very worst," he said Wednesday at the University of Tehran.
It's possible to count Iran's friends with the fingers on one hand, the news agency ISNA reported him as saying.
Therefore, Iranians should stick together, like at the start of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, said Mesbah-Yazdi, who is close to Iran's hardliner faction.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has said several times that fear of Iran in the world has disappeared since he became president in 2013 and the country began to open with his government's reformist policies.