The National Council of Resistance of Iran, the Paris-based group that bills itself as the "parliament in exile of the Iranian resistance," has registered its Washington outpost post as a lobbyist.

The three-member office, according to a federal filing, will advocate on behalf of human rights, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and freedom of expression in Iran.

NCRI is an offshoot of the People's Mujahedin of Iran, which last year won delisting from the State Dept.'s list of terror organizations.

In February, a U.S. Congressional delegation led by Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, met NCRI's leadership in Paris. The California Republican has urged the Obama administration to work with the PMI to foster regime change in Iran.

Former New Jersey Sen. Bob Toricelli has counseled the group.