June 14, 1993
The Clinton administration is now officially on record in favor of giving Japan and Germany permanent seats on the Security Council. But, in the words of U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright, this country wants to be "careful not to sacrifice the council's new-found effectiveness on the altar of reform." If there is a bit of hesitation and uncertainty in this caveat, it is solidly based.If Japan and Germany join the council, would they get the veto power now limited to the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France?