WORLD : Rushdie Must Still Die, Iranian Says

From Times wire services

Iranian President Ali Khamenei said today that Iran still demands the execution of British author Salman Rushdie for his novel "The Satanic Verses," which some say insults Islam.

"The decision made about Salman Rushdie is still valid," said Khamenei, who is on a six-day visit to China. "As I have already said, this is a bullet for which there is a target. It has been shot. It will one day sooner or later hit the target."

Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said in February that Rushdie must be killed for writing "The Satanic Verses," which contains passages many Muslims say are insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.

Rushdie has been in hiding since the death threat was issued.

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