Mr. Burns, the State Department's third-ranking official would not be
specific about what other country or countries the United States might also
support for a permanent seat.
Japan, Germany, Brazil and India have been campaigning jointly for permanent
seats and there are proposals to add several non-permanent seats as well.
However, Mr. Burns said the United States fears that a so-called "Big Bang"
expansion to 25 or more seats might ________ the Security Council's
Mr. Burns said the United States will submit a resolution in the U.N. General
Assembly setting out criteria for admission of new Security Council members.
These he said should include a country's population and
____________ , the
size of its military including its capability to contribute to U.N. peacekeeping
operations, its commitment to democracy and human rights, and its financial
support for the United Nations.
U.S. officials have long backed Japan's candidacy because of its status as
the second-largest contributor to the U.N. system behind the United States.