North Korea warned Saturday that Japan could again see missiles overflying the country "in the not distant future" after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Pyongyang's latest test of a "large multiple-rocket launcher" a "ballistic missile" launch.

North Korea launched two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Thursday in the fourth known test of its new weapon, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un voicing "great satisfaction" over the latest test.

After that firing, Abe and other top Japanese officials characterized the weapon a ballistic missile, labeling it a threat to Japan and the international community. Pyongyang is banned from firing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council resolutions.