President Barack Obama condemned the Iranian government, Tuesday, for its harsh treatment of anti-government protestors.
Inspired by the protests in Egypt, tens of thousands of Iranian protestors clashed with security forces this week.
One person was killed while dozens of others were injured.
President Obama said Iran must avoid a crackdown on pro-democracy supporters.
"I find it ironic that you've got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who are trying to express themselves peacefully in Iran," said Obama at a White House news conference.
Hardline Iranian lawmakers say they want trials and executions for all opposition leaders.
"My hope and expectation is that we are going to continue to see the people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedom and a more representative government," Obama added.
Even among his endorsement for broader freedoms, the president approached the topic with a certain caution that the instability could weaken U.S. interests.