27/09/2012 21:02 BST | Updated 28/09/2012 09:43 BST

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Draws Cartoon Bomb At UN General Assembly To Illustrate Iran Nuclear Threat (PICTURES)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked a confused internet reaction to his United Nations speech - which involved him drawing a red line across a cartoon bomb.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows his bomb illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions

The speech was intend to focus the world's attention on Iran's nuclear programme, urging the world to draw a "red line" on the country's uranium enrichment programme - to prevent it acquiring a weapon.

Holding a childlike drawing of a bomb, with a lit fuse, Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly: "At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"Red lines don't lead to war; red lines prevent war. Iran uses diplomatic negotiations to buy time to advance its programme.

"The international community has tried sanctions, has passed some of strongest sanctions. Oil exports have been curbed, and the Iranian economy has been hit hard. But we must face the truth that sanctions have not stopped Iran's nuclear drive."

He stressed that the US and Israel were in "discussions" on the issue.

The reaction was mixed at best to the speech tactic, with many saying it had diverted attention from the real issues of a potential war with Iran and potential Palestinian statehood.

But others thought the dramatic gesture had attracted exactly the kind of intention the Prime Minister had intended, putting the potential threat from Iran back on the agenda.