Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has promised to investigate claims by journalists that they were tortured during detention into confessing to crimes such as endangering national security. At least seven journalists have told a presidential commission in recent weeks that they were subjected to physical and psychological abuse in prison during a crackdown on reformist journalists late last year. The state news agency IRNA quoted Khatami as saying late Sunday that "even if 10 percent of what they say is true, it is deplorable and must be addressed." He promised to "follow up this case to the end." A government spokesman (Abdollah Ramazanzadeh) today said any suspects should be brought to trial. Last week, Human Rights Watch called on the government to investigate the charges. Many of the journalists issued public confessions after their detentions, in which they said they had been duped by "enemies" of the Islamic state into writing critical articles about the country's clerical leaders.