# NEW: President Obama: U.S. "appalled" by beatings, imprisonments in Iran
# Obama says Iranian allegations that U.S. behind protests "false and absurd"
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama sharpened his language on Iran at a news conference Tuesday.
President Obama says his tone on the Iranian election crisis has been consistent.
"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days," the president said, adding that he strongly condemns "these unjust actions."
Obama's Iran policy has received intense scrutiny amid growing concerns over Tehran's violent crackdown on street protests. The Iranian demonstrators believe the country's June 12 presidential election was a sham.
Obama earlier called on Iran to stop violent and unjust steps that stifle free speech, but some Republicans have cri
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