Ignoring pleas from around the globe to halt the process, North Korea said Wednesday it would launch a rocket as weather allowed over the next few days. "We don't really care about the opinions from the outside. This is critical in order to develop our national economy," an official said. The North Koreans have claimed the rocket is a weather satellite for a “peaceful space program” while international foes believe it’s the next step in nuclear-rocket development in the Communist country. Despite warnings issued from the U.S., Russia, and China, North Korea said it was fueling the rocket for a near-future launch.