Ex-CIA head: North Korea will be able to reach Seattle with nuke by end of Trump's first term

The former head of the CIA says North Korea will be able to launch missiles that can reach Seattle by the end of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE’s four years in office.

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“I really do think it is very likely that by the end of Mr. Trump’s first term, the North Koreans will be able to reach Seattle with a nuclear weapon onboard an indigenously produced intercontinental ballistic missile,” Gen. Michael Hayden told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general and former director of the National Security Agency, said North Korea believes “they will not survive without being a nuclear power.”

He criticized China's policy toward North Korea, saying Chinese leaders are "frightened" of the consequences of pressuring North Korea over its nuclear program.

“The way I describe it right now is that China knows this is a problem, but it’s a tooth ache. It’s a pretty bad toothache, but they’d rather not go to the dentist,” he said.

North Korea’s government has claimed multiple nuclear tests over the years, the most recent of which was in September. 

Hayden emphasized that “consistent with our current definition of acceptable risk,” North Korea’s missiles will be able to reach Seattle in five years.