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G-8 Leaders Agree On Need For Intl Nuclear Standards(Kyodo)

DEAUVILLE, France (Kyodo)–Leaders from the Group of Eight major powers agreed Friday on the need to better define international standards for nuclear safety and further cooperate in assisting emerging Arab democracy during their two-day meeting in the French seaside resort of Deauville.

G-8 leaders pose for a group photo in Deauville, France on Friday.

The G-8 leaders also stated in their joint declaration their readiness to stand by Japan as it rebuilds from the March 11 catastrophic earthquake and resulting tsunami, which crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leading to the worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

”The events in Japan confirm that there is a continuing need to re-evaluate safety and we recognize the importance of learning from the Fukushima accident and its aftermath,” the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States said in their declaration.

In addition to enhancing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s role in formulating better frameworks for nuclear safety, the leaders urged that ”periodic review of safety assessments” must be carried out in countries having atomic facilities.

In the first part of the communique, the leaders said, ”We are fully confident in the ability of Japan to swiftly recover from this crisis and come back stronger” and that they are prepared to provide further assistance and cooperation.

On the second day, the leaders discussed regional political issues, such as North Korea and Iran, before adopting the declaration.

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