TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ A private Iranian foundation has raised the reward it it is offering for the death of British writer Salman Rushdie to $2.5 million, a newspaper reported today. The reward had been $2 million.

Hassan Saneie, head of the 15th Khordad Foundation, said that ``nothing is more important for the foundation ... than carrying out the historic edict against Salman Rushdie,'' the Jomhuri Islami newspaper reported.

Iran's late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ruled on Feb. 14, 1989, that Rushdie must die for writing ``The Satanic Verses,'' which Khomeini said insulted Islam.