North Korea will go ahead with a rocket launch but this would be part of a space programme and not an act of military provocation, official media said on Monday. "One will come to know later what will be launched in the DPRK (North Korea)," the North Korean news agnecy reported, asserting the country's right to "space development." US and South Korean officials say the North is preparing to test-launch its longest-range missile, the Taepodong-2, which could theoretically target Alaska. The official agency said "dishonest forces" were asserting that the North was planning an act of provocation to draw attention. "The DPRK has no need to draw anyone's attention and wants nobody to interfere or meddle in the issue of the Korean peninsula where only the Koreans live."