Government officials from nearly 30 nuclear powered countries called for safety tests on Tuesday, after the disaster at Fukushima plant sparked concern over safety standards.A majority of delegates supported stress tests to determine how well nuclear plants could withstand major disasters at a meet hosted under France G20. * (Photo: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)
Ministers pose for the family picture at the Ministerial Seminar on Nuclear Safety at the OCDE headquarters in Paris June 7, 2011. Government ministers and officials from nearly 30 nuclear energy producing countries called on Tuesday for safety tests on all reactors, after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant sparked concern over standards. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesEnlarge Close(Photo: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)Ministers pose for the family picture at the Ministerial Seminar on Nuclear Safety at the OCDE headquarters in Paris June 7, 2011. Government ministers and officials from nearly 30 nuclear energy producing countries called on Tuesday for safety tests on all reactors, after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant sparked concern over standards. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesRelated ArticlesCountries seek nuclear stress tests after Japan crisisAustralian Stock Market Report 06/09/2011Europe eyes private sector role in Greek debt dealRelated Topics * Germany * European Union * Japan * Earthquake * Disasters * G20 * TsunamiGet World Emails&Alerts Get summaries of the top business news from a global perspective Sample”The Fukushima accident has shaken us all and the need arose very quickly to draw lessons, to improve and lift our standards and cooperation on nuclear safety,” French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet told at a news conference.The Group of Eight leaders summit in France last month had agreed for tougher nuclear safety rules and standards, Reuters reported.At present, there are no mandatory, international nuclear safety regulations.”Stress test or resilience tests are a first priority to identify vulnerabilities,” Germany’s Deputy Environment Minister, Ursula Heinen-Esser told Reuters.Get More IBTimesMust ReadBaldwin speaks at a ceremony where he accepted a star on the Walk of Fame in HollywoodAfter Weiner Scandal, Alec Baldwin considering run for mayorCoronal Mass Ejection as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011.Biggest Solar Flare Brightens Up [PHOTOS]Sponsorship LinkHow to make money from gold investmentThe officials also agreed on the need to support the IAEA’s role on nuclear safety.“Countries should first respect existing international conference and then submit to mandatory peer reviews,” Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard said.”When you think my authorities are good enough and the peer reviews are welcome, why don’t we accept that it is mandatory? Why don’t we give transparency to our populations?” she asked.GROWING CONCERNSThe public concern over the dangers of reactors is surging

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