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Kim Jong-un's reply to Trump's letter

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

It's now Kim Jong-un's move in the high-stakes game he and President Trump are playing, and neither side seems to know what the rules are.

Why it matters: The coming days could dictate whether we're headed for renewed dialogue, a nuclear standoff, or something in between. North Korea has just sent the first signal of how it will respond to Trump's decision to cancel the June 12 summit, saying it went against "the world's wishes" and a summit is urgently needed to resolve "grave hostile relations."

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Mapped: Where lightning strikes the most

Adapted from Vaisala data; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios

Every second on Earth, 100 lightning bolts strike the planet. That's about 8 million strikes per day, and 3 billion a year, on average. But as this map of nearly 9 billion lightning strikes shows, lightning is not evenly distributed around the world.

The bottom line: Each continent, except for the frozen reaches of Antarctica, has lightning hotspots — usually the parts that have clashing air masses or mountains. Spin the map and see where you're at the greatest risk of getting zapped.

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Clapper's advice for Trump on North Korea: "The less said, the better"

Clapper. Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

I asked James Clapper, whose new book "Facts and Fears" is out this week, how President Trump should proceed after the pre-summit breakdown with North Korea.

The bottom line: Clapper, who was an intelligence officer in Korea in the 1980s and three decades later served as Barack Obama's presidential envoy on a high-stakes trip to Pyongyang, is deeply familiar with the challenges posed by North Korea. He told me Trump should still aim for direct talks with Kim Jong-un, but should stay quiet on the issue in the meantime.