Pyeongchang had organized a joint ceremony for South and North Korean athletes to match during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018. Praising the actions of the International Olympic Committee, the Mayor of Seoul said: "To allow the joint march and other joint activities of the two teams from the North and the South, these International Olympic Committee initiatives already made a great contribution to ease the tension on the Korean peninsula".
Officials of the International Paralympic Committee told a news conference on Thursday that 567 athletes will take part.
Not everyone was happy with the IPC's decision, with German Paralympic Committee president Friedhelm Julius Beucher reportedly slamming it as a "slap in the face to clean athletes".
The Pyeongchang Paralympics start on Friday and will run until March 18.
The atmosphere of peace created around these Olympic Games could have its climax in the summit of presidents of the two countries, scheduled for April, when they are expected to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula and reunification.
Today's comments, however, were made before the late announcement that North and South Korea will march separately at tomorrow's Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony, demonstrating that the relations between the two countries are perhaps not as amicable as previously thought.
The KPC will later release a statement to explain why the two sides decided not to march together at the opening ceremony.
Russian athletes will be in attendance but will compete under as "neutral Paralympic athletes" (NPA), after the nation was banned following a report which found evidence of state-sponsored doping.
The islets, called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, are controlled by Seoul but are also claimed by Tokyo.
Athletes from both Koreas marched under a unified flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games
The 38-year-old visually impaired skier from Canmore, Alta., has owned the top of the medal podium, going undefeated in Paralympic competition since 2006.
Ukrainian athletes in Pyeongchang will perform in three disciplines - biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
South Korea's Paralympic team is determined to emulate the success of the Winter Olympics squad, setting out to collect at least four medals.
Japan will sit out wheelchair curling after failing to qualify.
"The IPC took a strong position regarding Russian Federation in 2016", she said.
Choi Kwang-hyouk fled North Korea shortly after his left foot was amputated - without anaesthesia - and will represent South Korea in para ice hockey.
The younger brother of two Olympians and himself a former Olympic freestyle skiing hopeful, Narita also hopes to strike gold in the newly-added banked slalom.
"We saw a very successful Winter Olympics".
"Regardless of whether it was planned or not, how we got there was greater than the result".